The 2019 Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum aims to bring together policy-makers, businesses, community leaders and researchers with the aspiration of ‘Creating healthy communities and ecosystems for a resilient future’.
The Oceania region contains a diverse range of conservation and production ecosystems, from natural growth to planted forests, high-producing pasture to tussock grasslands, high-value commercial aquaculture to kelp, forests to protected marine environments, mangroves to montane forests, and wetlands to deserts.
All these ecosystems provide significant contributions to the region’s economy, environment, society and culture.
However, many of these ecosystem services continue to remain poorly understood and are not always visible or represented in decision-making.
An ecosystem services framework, alongside with other approaches, provides an opportunity to account for both monetary and non-monetary values in policy and decision-making processes.
The Forum objectives are to:
- connect communities, businesses, policy makers and researchers working on ecosystem services and resilient communities;
- showcase diverse practices, knowledge (practical, traditional, indigenous, academic) and policies that contribute to increasing the health of communities and their ecosystems; and
- discuss new approaches and actions that diverse ecosystem services teams use to address climate change, biodiversity and the Sustainable Development Goals.