[Coral-List] Fwd: 2014 Hawaii Conservation Conference - NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!

HCA Coordinator coordinator at hawaiiconservation.org
Mon Jan 6 21:51:18 EST 2014

Thanks, kindly for helping us to spread the word with your networks that we
are now accepting submissions for the 2014 Hawaii Conservation Conference,
"Navigating Change in the Pacific Islands". For more information, see
forwarded message attached or visit our website at:

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From: Hawaii Conservation Alliance <coordinator at hawaiiconservation.org>
Date: Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 4:31 PM
Subject: 2014 Hawaii Conservation Conference - NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!
To: coordinator at hawaiiconservation.org

 Join us in celebrating the 22nd annual Hawaii Conservation Conference! If
you are interested in sustaining our natural resources for current and
future generations and would like to share your topic of expertise with the
conservation community in Hawaii and the wider Pacific Region, the Hawaii
Conservation Alliance would like to  request your proposals and abstracts
for the 2014 Hawaii Conservation Conference!

See the official call below, or download it from our website:

If you have any questions, please contact
coordinator at hawaiiconservation.org
   22nd Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference


Submission Form and Instructions are now available
 "Navigating Change in the Pacific Islands" July 15th-17th, 2014 Hawaii
Convention Center, Honolulu, HI Session & Abstract Proposal Deadline:
January 24, 2014 Revisions Deadline:  April 1st, 2014 Deadline for
Presenters to Register: June 3, 2014

In honor of the United Nations International Year of Small Island
Developing States, 2014 marks the 22nd Annual Hawai‘i Conservation
Conference (HCC) allowing us the opportunity to assemble the minds of
island conservation in Hawai‘i and other Pacific Islands. This year’s theme
“Navigating Change in the Pacific Islands” is intended to bridge the
challenge of ridge-to-reef conservation while recognizing the broad
connection of islands and oceans. This concept is built around the people,
places, social, and cultural components that define conservation capacity
while realizing that the norm is constantly shifting especially with
climate change. Highlights include: thought-provoking keynote speakers,
panels and forums, innovative networking and training opportunities, and
more. Join us in celebrating the 22nd Annual HCC!

The HCC organizing committee is soliciting proposals for symposia, forums,
workshops, trainings and individual oral or poster presentations under the
following 4 tracks. Integrated approaches to research and management that
involve community and/or cultural knowledge and approaches as a best
practice will be given priority ranking.
 1. Bio-cultural

As we look forward to managing natural resources, cultural wisdom and
community knowledge can be incorporated to build resiliency and sustain the
components of the ecosystems. For example, traditional marine tenure in the
Pacific Islands, or Native Hawaiians' well-defined ahupua‘a framework
provide for the holistic management of natural resources from the top
of mountains out into the ocean. Sustaining and restoring these practices
will benefit many communities in improving the condition of their
watersheds through site-specific integrated stewardship thus providing
sustainable resources for maintaining communities for generations to come.

*Guiding Questions:*
• How can we respectfully gather and effectively share and apply cultural
wisdom and community knowledge in building better management approaches?
• What are the priorities for gathering this information?

 2. Effective Conservation and

Navigating change recognizes the need for a plan built on the best
knowledge to implement effective conservation. This requires gathering and
effectively sharing information with managers and the public. Hawai'i
efforts have focused on statewide efforts with limited success. For greater
success, global conservation efforts are shifting toward site-based
ecosystem approaches. This approach needs to establish baseline conditions
and a means to track changes. The Hawai'i Conservation Alliance Effective
Conservation Project effort is building a shared database and conducting a
needs assessment to continue to define data partners and data gaps while
selecting and implementing this strategy. Examples from across the Pacific
Islands and globally are welcome including research surrounding maintaining

*Guiding Questions:*
•  What is the right next step in building effective watershed conservation
and restoration in Hawai'i?
• What are the limiting gaps in our data?

 3. Biosecurity and Invasive Species

Navigating change demands us to ensure biosecurity in the Pacific Islands.
As travel and transport across air and sea continue to expand rapidly, so
do the risks to biosecurity. Effective conservation requires effective
biosecurity management that balances a viable economic future while
protecting native ecosystem integrity and function. This needs to be
managed by a well-defined protocol and implementation plan for terrestrial
and aquatic systems to prevent the introduction of new species.

*Guiding Questions:*
• What are the new tools for detecting and preventing the introduction of
invasive species?
• How can island communities’ partner to minimize risks?

 4. Building Capacity:<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=19934353&msgid=369449&act=3GWE&c=172663&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hawaiiconservation.org%2Fwhat-we-do%2Four-strategy%2Fbuilding-capacity>

Navigating change in the Pacific Islands is all about investing in people.
The most important change that needs to happen requires a paradigm shift in
how "conservation" is defined. The definition of a conservationist must be
more expansive and inclusive so that individuals can recognize themselves
as well as their role and responsibility in sustaining, preserving and
restoring our native ecosystems – and practicing biocultural conservation.
This ranges from traditional cultural practitioners to farmers, fisherman
and families as well as politicians and decision makers in sharing
knowledge about effective watershed management (mauka to makai) while also
building programs to grow the specialized technical expertise needed that
incorporates traditional and social values. This will require inclusive,
locally-based educational K-12 and higher education opportunities that
target these specialized career areas. This effort will need to include
programs to mentor students, support advanced education and expose students
to hands-on experience.

*Guiding Questions:*
• How do we more effectively build community and conservation capacity?
• How can we produce more locally grown natural resource managers?


*Session & Abstract Proposal Deadline:* January 24, 2014

**ALL abstracts, including those that are part of a symposium or forum, are
due by January 24, 2014.*

*Revisions Deadline:* April 1, 2014

**Authors must complete requests for abstract revisions by the deadline to
be accepted.*

*Deadline for Presenters to Register: *June 3, 2014

**ALL presenters are required to register for the conference. Only
presenters with accepted abstracts that are registered by June 3, 2013 will
be included in the program book. *

Session proposals and abstracts must be submitted online. The submission
form and instructions are now available


Available formats are:

*1. Oral Presentation (10min or 20min) 2. Poster Presentation 3. Symposium
4. Forum 5. Workshop 6. Training*

*Oral and Poster Presentations:*
*Formal, individual presentations on various conservation topics will be
scheduled in general sessions depending on the specific “Track” in which it
was submitted and the thematic content. The abstract submission form
requires the selection of preferred presentation format (oral or poster)
and whether you are submitting your abstract as an individual or part of an
organized symposium. In some cases, the review committee may suggest that
you change your preferred format depending on the novelty, relationship to
theme, available time in the program, and whether or not the content has
been previously presented. All oral and poster presenters must be
registered participants.*

*1. Oral presentation:*
a.) 20-minute individual presentations (16-minute talk, 3 minutes Q&A, 1
minute for transition time)
b.) 10-minute individual presentations (7-minute talk, 2 minutes Q&A, and 1
minute for transition time).
All oral presentations will be scheduled in 2-hour blocks.
*2. Poster presentation:*
This is a visual presentation that showcases your work to conference
attendees throughout the entire conference. Posters are particularly useful
as a way to present quantitative research. More than one participant may
author a poster, but at least one of the primary authors must be in
attendance to discuss the poster at the Poster Reception July 16, 2014.
*3. Symposium:*
A formal moderated session with 5-6 presentations organized around a topic
or theme; individual presentation time is limited to 20 minutes; moderator
introduces presenters and conducts Q&A at end of session. Time limit: 2
hours per session. Abstracts for each presenter are required and due Jan
24, 2014, along with a complete session agenda. All presenters
and moderators must be registered participants.
*4. Forum:*
A less formal, interactive session. Can be a panel, roundtable session, or
other structured format involving a variety of innovative facilitation
methods. Moderator or facilitator guides presenters and audience through a
variety of creative participatory techniques. Time limit: 2 hours per
session, with a minimum of 30 minutes of audience participation. Abstracts
for each presenter are not required unless requested by the forum
organizer/chair. All presenters, facilitators and/or moderators must be
registered participants.

*HCC Workshops and Trainings:*
*Organizations and practitioners are welcome to conduct trainings or
workshops before or following the conference. The host organization(s)
is responsible for organizing and supporting all aspects of their training
or workshop. Hawaii Conservation Alliance (HCA) can contribute minimal
logistical support. Please contact us for details about this opportunity at
coordinator at hawaiiconservation.org <coordinator at hawaiiconservation.org>*

*5. Workshop:*
An interactive, highly facilitated, “hands on” session that minimizes
formal presentations and emphasizes the application of information and/or
technology. Active audience participation and innovative facilitation
methods are encouraged. To register, one cohesive workshop abstract is
required that describes engagement technique used by the person(s)
facilitating the workshop. Hawaiʻi-based workshop facilitators must be
registered participants.

*6. Training:*
This an opportunity for organizations to host capacity-building trainings
and activities that focus on a specific skills transfer to conservation
practitioners, teachers, etc. or a time to engage a specific audience in a
particular topic related to our larger theme A description is required to
explain the goals and target audience of the training. Hawaiʻi-based
training facilitators must be registered conference participants. Trainings
may occur on the weekend before or after the conference.

For more information, please contact Shelley Steele, HCA Program
Coordinator, 808-687-6152 or
coordinator at hawaiiconservation.org<coordinator at hawaiiconservation.org?subject=2014%20HCC%20Call%20for%20Proposals%20>

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