Conservation and development policies significantly impact the long-term sustainability of biodiversity and natural resources. SCBO seeks to ensure that policies at local, regional, national, and international levels are informed by the best available scientific evidence.

We do this through our Policy Committee by publishing conservation science statements on issues of importance to our region, authoring policy submissions in response to government strategies and policies relating to conservation and the environment, and developing the capacity of our organisation and our members to engage with conservation policy.

On this page, we provide links to resources on finding and responding to policy opportunities, and also provide links to our previous policy submissions. If you are interested in becoming more involved in environmental policy initiatives, please get in contact via our Twitter page.

Resources for Influencing Environmental Policy

How to write a policy submission or policy brief

Where to find policy opportunities


New Zealand

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Conservation Science Statements

The Plight of New Zealand’s Freshwater Biodiversity

The first Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Section Conservation Science Statement focuses on the plight of freshwater biodiversity in New Zealand. The report prepared by conservation biologists in New Zealand provides a background to our current understanding of the science for freshwater ecosystems in New Zealand and then goes on make recommendations on how to protect these declining systems for future generations.

Policy Submissions

Scientists’ statement on land clearing in Australia

In 2016, scientists from across the world, in conjunction with scientific societies and the delegates of the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Conference, called upon Australian governments and parliaments, especially those of Queensland and New South Wales, to take action. We called for the prevention of a return to the damaging past of high rates of woodland and forest destruction, in order to protect the unique biodiversity and marine environments of which Australia is sole custodian.

In addition to preparing our own policy statements, SCBO frequently writes and signs policy statements relating to issues that we think are important to our membership.