This week, members of The Conservation Planning Group will be travelling to the wonderful city of Kuching for the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress. The overall theme for this year’s congress is set to be an exciting one: Making Marine Science Matter to stakeholders, policy makers, and practitioners for effective marine conservation. You can find details of the conference programme, here.

For those attending, our presenting group members are:

Georgina Gurney

Georgina Gurney:Fairness and marine resource management: exploring principles of distributional equity in Fiji

Session: Justice and equity in marine conservation: theory, empirical analysis, and practice, Monday 25 June, 10:00 – 10:12, Venue: Tubau 3

Fernanda Stori: “Coastal-marine planning policies should consider social-ecological resilience for sustainability of ecosystem-services

Sessions: Culture and the marine environment 1, Monday 25 June, 11:00 – 11:12, Venue: FJ Event Hall; Speed talk, Monday 25 June, 14:25 – 14:29, Venue: Kabu; Poster, Wednesday 27 June, 18:30 – 21:30, Venue: Ranyai Ballroom

Jess CrampJessica Cramp: “How policy inconsistencies may hinder mortality reduction of sharks and ray —and fuel misconceptions of actual levels of protection

Session: Can MPA’s save sharks?, Tuesday 26 June, 10:45 – 10:57, Venue: Kerangas

Jessica Cheok: “Unpacking the theory and practice of multiscale marine conservation planning

Session: Marine Policy 3, Thursday 28 June, 16:00 – 16:12, Venue: FJ Auditorium

We also hope to catch up again with Conservation Planning Group alumni from the Philippines and Brazil, Vera Horigue (presentation details, here) and Rafael Magris (details, here)! Other colleagues from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies will also be presenting at the conference. Josh Cinner will be giving the opening plenary on the second day, on “People and Reefs: emerging challenges and solution spaces in marine conservation”. Jacqueline Lau will present on empirical equity and customary marine management in Papua New Guinea, Brock Bergseth on addressing poaching in marine protected areas, and Andrew Song on why marginality persists in a governable fishery. We look forward to making marine science matter!

For those following the conference digitally, you can use the twitter hashtag 


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