16, Nov, 2012

Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust conference - October 2013

Category: Events

Conservation Inc. - What's ahead for community-based conservation in NZ?

The Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust will be hosting this conference on 17-18 October 2013.

Conservation in NZ is on the threshold of fundamental change. This conference is to bring NGOs up
to speed with how to cope with this change, and is in response to the Department of Conservation’s changing operation model. Custody of our unique biodiversity is passing progressively to community groups, many operating as NGOs. This conference will explore some of the challenges faced by these groups operating independently with local purpose.

The conference will ask questions such as:

  • What will it take to ensure that groups thrive and remain effective as custodians?
  • What works and what doesn’t in the way we organise ourselves and our work?
  • How do we ensure that community initiatives meet biodiversity needs?
  • What factors will influence the success and vitality of community-based conservation?


Following the outstanding success of the Trust’s 2007 conference ‘Almost an Island: Valuing Otago
Peninsula’, this conference also celebrates the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust’s 25th –year milestone.
Also, the conference builds on the 2007 ‘Conserv-Vision’ conference hosted by the University of
Waikato and DOC that celebrated 20 years of integrated conservation effort in New Zealand. It is
fitting that Conservation Inc be held in Dunedin, the ‘Wildlife Capital of New Zealand’.

Still to be confirmed is the proposal to hold pre-conference workshops on Wednesday 16 October
2013. Watch this space for more information as planning proceeds.

Call for conference themes
The Trust invites proposals for themes supporting the overall conference purpose.

Proposals should be emailed to the conference organisers by Friday 14 December 2012 at
Following confirmation of the identified themes, there will be a call for conference papers and
posters in early 2013.