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.

Final Program downloads


Final Program Summary Island Arks V


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 Session (0900 – 1100 Friday 27th October)

On writing

On writing addresses the question: In an increasingly noisy, complex and at times demoralising world, how can conservation organisations effectively communicate their stories and inspire audiences to take action? Wild Mob Board Member and author James Dryburgh and Wild Mob Communications Manager Camilla Wagstaff explore the vast world world of words in the modern age, offering best practice tips and tricks to ensure your message is actually heard.


The Organising Committee can be contacted via islandarks@wildmob.org


The Final Symposium Program will be available very soon and will be emailed to all delegates prior to the Symposium. Please note that we will not be providing paper copies of the Program to minimise waste of precious natural resources.


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

Welcome drinks and Registrations:

We are pleased to offer complimentary Welcome Drinks at the Anchorage Beach Resort from 4:30 – 6:30pm on Monday the 23rd October. Name tags and conference satchel can be collected from 4:00pm onwards. Alternatively the conference room will be open from 0800 on Tuesday 24th October prior to the Symposium opening and first day of main sessions.

Conference Dinner

We invite all delegates to join with us in a Choice Pacific Lovo on Wednesday night the 25th  October. More details will be announced during the Symposium.

Field Trips: 

Fiji has well established opportunities for visitors to explore it’s cultural and biological heritage. For delegates wishing to do so, Fiji Eco Tours comes highly recommended to us www.fijiecotours.com.fj

Fiji Eco Tours offer a full day trips to Navala Village which can be booked online

Alternatively for half day trips to Koroyanitu National Park , there is a choice of doing the Waterfall Trekking & Mud Pools or the Orchid (Gardens) & Mud Pools or the Waterfall Trekking & the Orchid Gardens. As there are a number of alternatives, when trips are booked online, your choice of must be stated at the time of booking.

Information for Presenters

Unless otherwise advised, all presentations will be allocated 20 minutes, including time for Questions.

Sessions & Topics

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


Organising Committee:

Derek Ball, Chief Executive Officer, Wildmob, Australia

Ruth Bone, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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

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

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






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