Fifth Winter Lecture - Our Oceans in 2030 Event as iCalendar

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15 August 2018

12:30 - 1:30pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 342 Building 423 (Conference Centre)

Location: 22 Symonds Street, Auckland

Host: The Faculty of Science Sustainability Network

Cost: Free

Contact info: Professor Quentin Atkinson

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Website: 2018 Winter Lectures


Aotearoa in 2030 is the theme of the six-lecture series, presented by local and international experts, which delves into the pressing social and environmental challenges the country faces. The Faculty of Science Sustainability Network has put together a weekly series which traverses topics from conservation to urban change. Speakers include an Earth system scientist who specialises in integrating indigenous knowledge and science, a Professor of Green Chemistry, a social anthropologist who specialises in water and indigenous rights, ecologists, conservation biologists, psychologists and philosophers, to name a few.

Our Oceans in 2030: Humanity has altered the oceans at a global scale through hunting, over-fishing, pollution, and climate change.  However, new models of ocean governance are emerging whereby governments are taking responsibility for the health of their seas and setting aside conservation areas. International conventions provide a framework for this, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and Convention on Biological Diversity. Pacific Island nations are taking leadership by flipping the governance model to protect all of their ocean, and then zoning permitted activities within it, rather than the present model where only small areas are protected. Finally, drawing from indigenous knowledge and worldviews of a kinship-based relationship of balance with everything, and buoyed by Te Urewera Act 2014 and Te Awa Tupua Act 2017, we imagine the oceans as their own legal entity. Here, we illustrate the history and success of marine reserves and share a vision of new governance and conceptual models that ensures healthy oceans that provide sustainable food and recreation for future generations. 

Dan will speak regarding how incorporating Maori philosophy, rights, and respect for nature, will lead to a more environmentally sustainable way of life. Sue will show the remarkable progress in protecting very large areas of ocean by the Pacific islands and how this precautionary approach could be extended to New Zealand and elsewhere to improve management of the oceans. Mark will provide a global perspective on MPA and how New Zealand can take a leading role internationally by showing how environmental rights and a nature-centred approach to ocean management will lead to a more healthy ecosystems and human well-being. 

Sue Miller-Taei, Executive Director, NZ and Pacific Islands Ocean Programme, Conservation International: Pacific Islands lead the world in creating very large marine protected areas
Sue is based at the University of Auckland and leads CI’s Pacific Islands Programme, including support for the Pacific Island Forum Leaders’ Pacific Oceanscape. The Pacific Oceanscape aims to foster integrated island and ocean management and a secure future for Pacific Island nations in the face of climate change. Sue Miller Taei is a part Samoan New Zealander and has lived and worked in Samoa and New Zealand and the region for more than 30 years. She has designed and led many Pacific Island conservation initiatves including marine species, invasive species, birds and notably as one of the leads for large scale Marine Protected Areas in the Pacific. She has also advocated on issues of climate change and the ocean, including maritime boundary concerns for sea level rise impact, ocean acdification, and loss and damage issues. She was the Pacific Islands CBD and Biodiversity Convention Adviser from 1994-2000 and has extensive knowledge of the CBD and international biodiversity related conventions and agreements.

Senior Lecturer Dan Hikuroa, Māori Studies: Incorporating mātauranga Māori leads to healthier environments rich in natural diversity. 
Dan is an Earth System Scientist who integrates mātauranga Māori and science to realise the dreams and aspirations of the communities he works with and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Māori Studies at the University of Auckland. From 2011 to 2016 he was the Research Director at Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence. He is an established world expert on integrating indigenous knowledge and science and has undertaken many projects including co-writing the 2014 State of the Hauraki Gulf Environment Report, geothermal developments, planning river and catchment restorations, co-writing iwi environmental management plans, Independent Review Panel member of Sea-Change Tai Timu Tai Pari marine spatial planning for the Hauraki Gulf, hazard and vulnerability assessments and industrial waste rehabilitation. Dan has been spearheading alternative ways of assessing sustainability, including integrating indigenous knowledge and epistemologies into assessment frameworks and decision-support tools.

Professor Mark Costello, Institute of Marine Sciences: New Zealand can lead the world in ocean management that benefits nature and society. 
Mark is passionate about the need for more fully-protected Marine Reserves for economic, social, spiritual and scientific reasons. Related research interests include global patterns of biodiversity and biogeography, biodiversity informatics, methods of biodiversity measurement including habitat mapping, and invasive species ecology. He conducted his PhD in Ireland’s first marine Nature Reserve, Lough Hyne, and led the BioMar project, the largest marine ecological survey of Ireland that recommended a national network of Special Areas of Conservation (MPA). He has published policy orintated articles in top science journals (Science and Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Nature) showing that, globally, marine conservation is protecting far less of ocean life than official statistics suggest.

The free lecture series runs on consecutive Wednesdays at 12.30-1.30pm, starting Wednesday 18 July and ending Wednesday 22 August.