Island Arks Symposium V


Island Arks Symposium V will be held in Fiji during October 23-27th 2017.

The Island Arks Symposium is a long standing, high level meeting for islanders, island managers, conservation ecologists and island eco-tourism operators. The Symposium provides an invaluable forum for knowledge sharing, and as a platform for developing collaborations and partnerships amongst island people. Now in its 5th iteration, Island Arks V promises to be a wonderful opportunity for those involved in, or with an interest in island management within the Pacific region and elsewhere.

Registrations are now Open

Call for submission of abstracts has been extended until 30th June

(Please note: Some discounts on registrations are available for students. For applications please contact islandarks@wildmob.org)

Symposium Registrations include welcome drinks (Monday evening 23rd), morning and afternoon tea, lunches (during main sessions Tuesday 24th- Thursday 26th) and the conference dinner (Wednesday evening 25th).

Workshop sessions are now under development, check back here for details


We are now seeking submission of abstracts from individuals and organisations wishing to present at the Symposium. Abstracts can be sent to the Organising Committee via islandarks@wildmob.org


Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and submitted in Microsoft Word format. A full title should be supplied along with the names and affiliations of all authors. Please ensure the presenting author is identified.

  • January 2017 – Call for Abstracts
  • April 2017 – Registrations Open
  • End of May 2017 – Close of Call for Abstracts
  • Please note. Call for submission of abstracts has been extended until 30th June
  • June 2017 – Notification to successful presenters
  • July 2017 – Publication of Final Program


Sessions & Topics

We will accept abstracts for presentations covering any topic related to the sustainable use, conservation and management of islands. A number of thematic sessions are under development and potential presenters submitting abstracts within these themes should first contact the session convenor as below:

Myrtaceae plant health in the Pacific region.

Myrtle rust (and other fungal pathogens affecting this family) in the Pacific region. This session will bring researchers together to discuss in situ and ex situ conservation strategies for this family, in the face of this major threat to plant health.

Convenor: Ruth E. Bone PhD FLS International Projects Officer (Pacific). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Millennium Seed Bank. email R.Bone@kew.org

What, Where, and When: Approaches to identifying priorities for island management.

Knowing how to manage invasive species and other threats to island biodiversity is not enough. Our success in managing for the persistence of native species and ecosystems on islands will depend strongly on how effectively we set priorities for action with inevitable constraints on funding. This session will bring together people from diverse geographies and backgrounds who are wrestling with the problems of prioritisation to share perspectives and experiences.

Convenor: Bob Pressey FAA. Distinguished Professor. Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. James Cook University. email bob.pressey@jcu.edu.au

Incorporating community, cultural and commercial needs and desires into conservation management interventions

Social conservationists contend that improved outcomes for biodiversity conservation requires more holistic models than those used in the past. This session will bring together practitioners who are using new models to engage with host communities in conservation interventions.

Convenor: Jo Ritchie. Business Manager. Treescape Environmental. email jor@treescape.co.nz

Reducing the impacts of catchment runoff on coastal marine ecosystems.

This session brings together a diverse group of planners, researchers and practitioners working towards development and implementation of water quality improvement plans designed to reduce the impact of downstream catchment runoff on coastal marine ecosystems.

Convenor: Derek Ball PhD BSc. Chief Executive Officer Wildmob. email derek@wildmob.org

Partnerships for protecting Pacific island communities and ecosystems from invasive species

This session will present examples of the work being carried out by Pacific Invasives Partnership (PIP) members in the prevention, control and eradication of invasive alien species, and opportunties for others to join the work of PIP.

Convenor: Ray Nias PhD, Island Conservation; email ray.nias@islandconservation.org

Mainstreaming translocations

This session will bring together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to discuss the divide between solid science, fast on-ground action and policy in ex-situ management programs.

Convenor: Abi Smith MSc BSc AMS Environmental; email amsenviro@gmail.com


Island Arks V will be held at the Anchorage Beach Resort which is conveniently located just 15 minutes from Nadi International Airport, Fiji.


Social Program: 

An engaging social program is under preparation as are field trip opportunities. Please check back here for updates.


Organising Committee:

Derek Ball, Chief Executive Officer, Wildmob, Australia

Sally Bryant, Manager Conservation Science and Planning, Tasmanian Land Conservancy

Fipe Tuitubou, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Fiji

Sangeeta Mangubhai, Director, Fiji Country Program, Wildlife Conservation Society

Ray Nias, Director South West Pacific, Island Conservation

Jo Ritchie, Business Manager, Treescape Environmental, New Zealand






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