Once each year, the SCBO board try to get together face-to-face to discuss Section business. Last Thursday and Friday, most of us met up in Brisbane. Our discussions were primarily focussed on reviewing and updating our workplans – outlining and planning what we will do (Capacity, Conferences, Science and Education and Policy and Management) over the next year in line with our Strategic Plan.
The Society for Conservation Biology and the Queensland Museum Network are convening an expert panel to discuss the future of the Great Barrier Reef and what we are doing about it, timed for when nations meet in Paris to determine climate policy for the world. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a national treasure. It also contributes nearly six billion dollars a year to the economy. But we are fighting many ecological and economic threats. These include acidification, coral bleaching, invasive species, overfishing, overabundance of some species (e.g. crown of thorns), transport, and pollution from catchments, ports and out at seas. Join our expert panel to discuss the future of the Great Barrier Reef and whether we are doing enough for future generations to enjoy the same biodiversity we have on the reef today.
Now that ICCB 2015 is over, it's time to turn attention towards our own regional conservation conference in 2016! The fourth biannual meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology in Oceania, 'Science meets Action, Water meets Land', will be held from 5-8 July in Brisbane, Australia.
Continuing our ICCB 2015 roundup, here are a few more impressions from the conference... From Megan Evans, SCBO board member, PhD student and Social media editor for Conservation Letters: There was a HUGE Oceania presence. Not only is the President of the global organisation an Oceanian but also the Editors in Chief of both Conservation … Continue reading Impressions from ICCB-ECCB 2015
Those of us in the Oceania Section who attended the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology in Montpellier in early August enjoyed the program and the exquisite French city and its history and food. We also held our inaugural highly successful Annual General Meeting, attended by more than 40 people. It was a great atmosphere for business that can often be a bit dull.
Our 2015 AGM will be held at the 27th ICCB Congress in Montpellier. Read on for more details, and the agenda.
If you're flying with Qantas this month, keep an eye out for SCBO board member Rebecca Spindler in your in flight magazine! Bec S was interviewed about her project to develop a “cryo-reserve” of embryonic coral. Those of you watching your carbon footprint can discover the fate of the frozen coral embryos below...
SCB has been a global organization since 2002, but its seven regional sections remained part of a single U.S.-based fiscal entity. At its March 2015 board meeting, the Society's board of governors realized that some sections have grown to the stage at which they could realize financial and organizational benefits by forming semi-autonomous organizations within … Continue reading SCB Approves Semi-Autonomy for Sections
The Society for Conservation Biology has embarked on a new governance model for its regions across the world. This provides an opportunity for different regional sections to become autonomous. Some regions have increasingly wanted to move in this direction to grow identity and develop new programs, and Oceania is the furthest down this path. The global society, the Board of Governors and Executive Office as well as other sections, are providing a lot of support and watching with interest as we work through this process. In the last year, our Board has made a number of key decisions to progress this.
The SCB Oceania Board sent out a survey last year to better understand the needs of our members. The survey included a range of topics: motivations for membership, how effective you think we currently are as a Society, and where you would like to see us invest our time and resources. Survey results will help … Continue reading Survey Results: What you think of the Society for Conservation Biology?