The Oceania Section of the Society for Conservation Biology represents the Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Island regions.
The next SCB-Oceania Section conference will be held 9-11 July 2014 in Suva, Fiji. Check back for more information in the next few months!
Oceania Section Changes to Bylaws Approves
The Oceania Section approved proposed updates to the Section bylaws on 29 October 2013 to account for minor changes in the functioning of the board.
Oceania 2012: People and Conservation in Land and Sea Country
The Oceania Section hosted its regional congress in Darwin, Australia in September 2012. More than 200 conservation scientists, students and practitioners attended Oceania 2012: People and Conservation in Land and Sea Country at the University of Darwin.
"Great turnout, great research, great networking and of course great events which our Section is well-known for," said Oceania Section President Dr. Carolyn Lundquist who attended the meeting.
Oceania 2012 showcased Indigenous conservation management while highlighting the tools and knowledge available to all conservation practitioners in caring for land and sea country.
Said Oceania 2012 attendee Andrew Campbell, Director, Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University:
“Congratulations on designing and running a terrific event. Without exception, the feedback I have had has been extremely positive. It was very commendable to have attracted around 200 delegates from across Oceania to Darwin, and to have such a great balance of early career researchers and people at the top of their careers, and a nice mix of theory and wonderful applied work in the field with Indigenous communities and ranger groups. Without exception I enjoyed and learnt something from every presentation. The program did a great job in highlighting the sheer distinctiveness of much of the science we can do in this part of the world, and the lessons it holds for the field of conservation biology writ large. It was also notable that so many projects featured collaborative work among the organisations represented on the organising committee, notably NAILSMA, NT Gov, CSIRO and CDU (RIEL), along with colleagues from other universities and NGOs. Several people mentioned to me that they found the conference to be an ideal size from a networking perspective, and the fact that it was held here at the uni with most meals here as well, helped to keep people together.”
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