Issue 8 - 3 September 2012 enews home

Conservation scientists to probe region's issues

By Louise Errington

Professor Stephen Garnett and a group of 19 conservation scientists from CDU will present at this month's Oceania 2012 event

More than 200 conservation scientists from the Asia Pacific area will meet in Darwin this month to discuss conservation biology issues relevant to the region.

Charles Darwin University's Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL) will host the event that will attract scientists from Australia, New Zealand, Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia.

Coordinated by The Society for Conservation Biology, Oceania 2012 has the theme "People and Conservation in Land and Sea Country".

Nineteen conservation scientists from CDU will present at the conference, including Professor of Conservation and Sustainability at RIEL Stephen Garnett.

"We are particularly pleased at the strength of offerings in the area of commu¬nity conservation, particularly the many perspectives on conservation among Indigenous peoples across the region," Professor Garnett said.

"We are also delighted to have strong representation from both land and sea," he said.

Oceania 2012 will showcase conservation principles specific to the Darwin region, including the tools and knowledge Indigenous people in northern Australia have used to manage land and sea environments for millennia, and how all conservation practitioners use these in modern conservation practices.

The scientific program of the Oceania 2012 conference will take place from 21 to 23 September 2012 at Charles Darwin University's Casuarina campus.