This article was originally published on: ACES.


“From the 27th – 31st of March 2017, researchers, practitioners, decision makers and knowledge holders from different communities (e.g. academia, business, government, indigenous) came together into one on ecosystem services, to workshop, discuss, brainstorm and present best practice and innovative state-of-the-art methods and experiences relating to healthy ecosystems for resilient communities.

The Forum brought some of the best ecosystem services research, practice and knowledge from around the world to the Oceania region; and showcased some of the best ecosystem services research, practice and knowledge occurring in the Oceania region to the rest of the world. Participants attending the Forum came from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, the United States, Canada, Tonga, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, France, India, Vanuatu, Japan, Nepal, Niue, Philippines, New Caledonia, Tuvalu, …. and more.

Activities at the 2017 face-to-face Forum are listed in the main menu above. Clicking on activities listed enables you to view abstracts, PowerPoint presentations, Posters and browse ‘slide shows’ of photos taken during the Forum. View the Registration webpage to see the final Participants List. 

On the final day of Forum 2017 participants came together to develop the Brisbane Declaration on Ecosystem Services and Sustainability in the Oceania Region; and Policy Brief: Ecosystem Services and Sustainability in the Oceania Region. The Declaration and Policy Brief send out a call to governments, international and regional programs/platforms, academic and philanthropic organisations, and others with authority and capacity to enact the Actions listed in these documents so to increase the use of ecosystem services approaches to address sustainability in the Oceania region…”

Read the full Declaration here.

Read the policy brief here. 

Read on at: ACES.