Conservation Inc Conference 2013
Conservation in NZ is on the threshold of fundamental change. Custody of our unique biodiversity is passing progressively to community groups, many operating independently with local purpose. The Department of Conservation's (DOC) new emphasis on community engagement will accelerate this trend. Conservation Inc offers a formative opportunity to explore the nature of the changes in train and the challenges facing citizen-initiated conservation.
Conservation Inc was held in Dunedin, Wildlife Capital of New Zealand, on 17-18 October 2013.
The conference celebrates the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust's 25th year. It builds on the momentum developing from landmark conferences of 2007 which pointed the way ahead: the Conserv-Vision conference hosted by the University of Waikato and DOC, and the Trust's outstandingly successful Almost an Island: Valuing Otago Peninsula conference.
Conservation Inc proposes to examine questions relating to four themes:
How can like-minded groups and NGOs connect to make the most of opportunities to collaborate?
2. Staying viable
What factors will influence the success and vitality of community-based conservation? What will it take to ensure that groups thrive and remain effective as custodians? What works and what doesn't in the way we organise ourselves and our work?
3. Responding to need
How well will community initiatives meet biodiversity needs? How do we ensure that they do?
4. What's feasible?
What has worked so far for community-based conservation in New Zealand? What can we learn from that?
We aim to have leaders in the New Zealand community address the conference as keynote speakers. Among others, Martin Snedden of New Zealand's Tourism Industry Association (TIANZ) will speak about the crucial economic imperatives for community-based conservation.
Pre-conference workshops of direct practical relevance to community groups will be held on Wednesday 16 October 2013.