The Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Section activities and strategies priorities are guided by our organisational mission statement, vision and values.
SCB Global Mission Statement
The Society of Conservation Biology advances the science and practice of conserving the Earth’s biological diversity.
SCB Oceania Section Vision
We promote effective conservation in Oceania, underpinned by science.
We achieve our vision by:
• Promoting, performing, and synthesising conservation science;
• Collaborating with governments, managers, conservation organisations, and communities;
• Improving the capacity of local communities to engage in conservation; and
• Influencing policy and management of biological diversity and ecosystems with conservation science and practice.
SCB Oceania Section Organisational Values
SCBO and its members share the following common values:
- A commitment to sustainability, recognising its importance for the long-term viability of human societies and environments.
- The value of biodiversity – including ecological complexity – and evolutionary processes necessary to support all species including our own.
- Human-caused extinctions in Oceania must decrease, particularly those caused directly or indirectly by ecosystem loss or degradation, overharvesting, climate change, invasive species, pollution, and disease.
- Maintaining and restoring biodiversity is the responsibility of all people and their governments.
- Improving the scientific knowledge base and building capacity of people in different communities and countries is critical to influencing decision-making.
- The sciences, especially conservation sciences, perform a vital role in promoting understanding of the natural world and how human societies and actions can both positively and negatively affect it.
- Policy and management decisions that affect biodiversity should be based on scientific evidence.
The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) Oceania Section strives to engage a broad community of students and professionals in SCB Oceania’s activities, recognising that today’s complex biodiversity conservation challenges require input and analysis from a variety of voices, vantage points, and expertise from different geographies, backgrounds, disciplines, and dimensions. SCB Oceania strives to be inclusive and welcoming of diversity, and to foster a shared vision for the development of a diverse membership and leadership.
SCB Oceania envisions a society that acknowledges that the success of conservation biology is intertwined with and relies on a commitment to greater access, inclusion, and empowerment. This commitment is particularly important in ensuring that groups who are underrepresented in conservation biology can actively participate with equal opportunity and access at all levels of the SCB Oceania’s structure.
Human diversity includes, but is not limited to, characteristics of age, gender, ethnic heritage, race, skin color, geography, nationality, language, culture, field of study/work/research, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion, handicap and/or abilities. Inclusion ensures that this human diversity is reflected across SCB Oceania. Equity ensures that the ability to participate and attain leadership in SCB Oceania is not restricted to groups that are historically well represented in the field.