Conservation Inc 2013 & Conservation Inc 2 2016
Conservation in NZ is on the threshold of fundamental change. Custody of our unique biodiversity is passing progressively to community groups, many operating independently with local purpose. The Department of Conservation’s (DOC) new emphasis on community engagement will accelerate this trend. Conservation Inc offers a formative opportunity to explore the nature of the changes in train and the challenges facing citizen-initiated conservation.
Conservation Inc was held in Dunedin, Wildlife Capital of New Zealand, on 17-18 October 2013.
The conference celebrated the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust’s 25th year. It builds on the momentum developed from landmark conferences of 2007 which pointed the way ahead: the Conserv-Vision conference hosted by the University of Waikato and DOC, and the Trust’s outstandingly successful Almost an Island: Valuing Otago Peninsula conference.
Conservation Inc 2 was held on 18-20 May 2016 and brought together people from all sectors in New Zealand’s community conservation landscape. Most are inspirational leaders in their fields. The conference offered a compelling opportunity to look ahead, learn from others, make connections and discuss matters pivotal to the future of community based conservation work in this country.
Conservation Inc 2’s themes related closely to making us all strong, resilient and truly effective as custodians of New Zealand’s remarkable natural heritage. The themes addressed issues to do with viability and growth; stability and cohesion; leadership, vision and reach; duties and rights; diversity and co-operation, and much else.