AGM Success

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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.

Semi-autonomy of SCB Oceania

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.

Board update: February 2015

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We welcome the election of four new Board members, Monica Awasthy, Rosalynn Anderson-Lederer, Stacy Jupiter and Megan Evans, elected at the beginning of this year – congratulations. As well, Vanessa Adams should be congratulated as she was voted President-elect. Further, the membership approved of me completing a three year term (end of 2016) to ensure that some of the structural reforms required for our society (see below) are well established. The Board decided to hold a meeting over two days at Taronga Zoo to progress our initiatives.