7th International Conference on Environmental Future


NEW! Please visit the 7th ICEF website to read the conference summary and output! http://foundationforec.org/…/20…/06/7ICEF-Summary-Output.pdf

Humans and Island Environments

16 – 20 April 2018 | Honolulu, Hawai’i

Organized by the Foundation for Environmental Conservation (FEC), East-West Center, the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, University of Hawai’i Sea Grant College Program, and the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology the 7th International Conference on Environmental Future (7ICEF) seeks to advance the global and multi-disciplinary conversation around environmental futures with a specific focus in 2018 on ‘Humans and Island Environments’. The conference will be held from the 16 – 20 April 2018 in Honolulu, Hawai’i, at the East-West Center’s Hawai’i Imin International Conference Center.

The 7ICEF aims to provide a forum for discussion and debate on the current and future issues surrounding island environments, bringing together islanders, researchers, managers, and NGOs from a broad array of disciplines and fields. The underlying questions are:

  1. How have islands aided our understanding of human-environment interactions?
  2. What are the latest directions in island biological and cultural conservation?
  3. Where should island conservation efforts be focused? and,
  4. What conservation lessons do islands have for the rest of the world?

In advance of the conference, a review article for each of 18 conference themes will be published in the journal Environmental Conservation. As papers are published they will be listed here. These papers will be presented at the conference together with other related talks, and there will be dedicated time in each themed session for discussions, and question and answers. The final day of the conference will involve workshop sessions and a webcast panel discussion bringing together some of the unifying themes and messages.

Featured Speakers include:

Christoph Kueffer, ETH Zurich & University of Applied Sciences Eastern Switzerland; Aulani Wilhelm, Senior Vice President for Oceans at Conservation International; Tarcisius Kabutaulaka, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai’i at Manoa; Eleanor Sterling, Chief Conservation Scientist, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History; Todd Braje, San Diego State University; Sam ‘Ohu Gon, Senior Scientist and Cultural Advisor, Nature Conservancy, Hawai’i; Jack Kittinger, Director, Hawai’i Program, Conservation International; Rosemary Gillespie, University of California, Berkeley; Kathy Willis, Director of Science, Kew Gardens & Professor of Biodiversity, University of Oxford; Brian Bowen, Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology; Paolo A.V. Borges, Leader of Island Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation Group, University of the Azores; Rachel Turner, University of Exeter; Mason Smith, Regional Director, IUCN Oceania; Supin Wongbusarakum, NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center; Davianna McGregor, University of Hawai’i at Manoa; John Connell, University of Sydney; Winifereti Nainoca, Environment Team Leader, UNDP Fiji; Miriam Supuma, Co-Director, Papua New Guinea Institute of Biological Research; Kirsten Oleson, University of Hawaii Manoa; Francielle Lacle, Technical Assistant, UNDP, Aruba Centre of Excellence; Peter Schuhmann, University of North Carolina at Wilmington; Matthew Lauer, San Diego State University; Randy Thaman, University of the South Pacific; Ilan Kelman, University College London & University of Agder, Kristianstand; Laura Brewington, East-West Center Pacific Regional Integrated Science and Assessments program; Kiana Frank, Kewalo Marine Laboratory, University of Hawai’i at Manoa; Garry Trompf, University of Sydney; Craig Santos Perez, University of Hawai’i at Manoa; Elaine Stratford, University of Tasmania; Vilsoni Hereniko, Academy for Creative Media, University of Hawai’i at Manoa; Annette Breckwoldt, ZMT, Bremen; Glenn Thodé, Rector, University of Aruba; Stacy Jupiter, WCS Melanesia; William Kostka, Executive Director, Micronesia Conservation Trust; Jamie Wood, Landcare Research, New Zealand; Priscilla Wehi, Landcare Research & Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago; Christopher Dunn, E. N. Wilds Director of Cornell Botanic Gardens; Matthew Prebble, Australian National University; Arthur Dahl, President International Environment Forum & Retired UNEP Deputy Assistant Executive Director; Michelle Scobie, University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago; Sue Taei, Executive Director, Pacific Oceanscape, Conservation International; James Russell, University of Auckland; Jean-Yves Meyer, Head of the Research Department, Government of French Polynesia; Nick Holmes, Director of Science, Island Conservation; Fumiyo Kagawa & David Selby, Sustainability Frontiers; Rocky Sanchez Tirona, Vice President for Rare Philippines; Rosalina Gabriel, Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes/Azorean Biodiversity Group, University of the Azores; Maxine Burkett, University of Hawai’i Manoa; Mohamed Aslam, LaMer Small Island Research Station, and ex-Minister of Environment & Energy, Maldives; James Randall, University of Prince Edward Island, and Chair, Executive Committee of the Institute of Island Studies, and UNESCO Co-Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability; Kerry Arabena, University of Melbourne; Nancy D. Lewis, Director, Research Program, East-West Center, Hawai’i; Leonard Nurse, University of the West Indies, Barbados; Maile Taualii, Office of Public Health Studies, University of Hawai’i; Alexander Mawyer, University of Hawai’i at Manoa; Jerry Jacka, University of Colorado Boulder; Reniel Cabral, Sustainable Fisheries Group, University of California, Santa Barbara; Tamatoa Bambridge, Research Director, CNRS, French Polynesia; Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Edvard Hviding, University of Bergen; Rosemary Lyster, University of Sydney; Chris Corbin, UNEP Caribbean; Roy Ellen, University of Kent; Konai Helu Thaman, University of the South Pacific; Kealoha Kinney, USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest (PSW); Laurie Brinklow, Institute of Island Studies, UPEI and UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability; Gudrun Petursdottir, Director, Institute for Sustainability Studies, University of Iceland; Seth Quintus, University of Hawai’i at Manoa; Kathryn Mengerink, Executive Director at the Waitt Institute; Alison Rieser, University of Hawai’i at Manoa; Aaron Jenkins, University of Sydney


Thematic Sessions

The conference sessions will cover eighteen broad themes, each of which will be led by the author(s) of a review paper on that theme. In addition to other panel presenters, three invited discussants will present in response to these published reviews.

We will update participants as they are confirmed.

  1. What is the importance of islands to environmental conservation?
  2. How have humans changed island ecosystems through history?
  3. What are the future challenges for island ecology and evolution?
  4. How can island conservation contribute to human wellbeing?
  5. How are islands dealing with the challenge of balancing development with sustainability?
  6. How can we incorporate the value of island environments into conservation?
  7. How can indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) be used to improve island environmental futures?
  8. How can we build island communities that are resilient to the impacts of climate change and environmental hazards?
  9. What role can the humanities play in island conservation?
  10. How does environmental governance on islands currently operate and what forms of governance produce the best outcomes?
  11. How can we improve island conservation through integrated marine and terrestrial management?
  12. What is the current state of knowledge of island extinctions and how can this be used to set baselines for restoration?
  13. How well are island conservation issues addressed in international conventions and agreements?
  14. What have we learnt about invasive species on islands and what are the best strategies for dealing with them in the future?
  15. What is the role of environmental education on islands?
  16. How is climate affecting patterns of island migration?
  17. What are the links between human health and environmental conservation on islands?
  18. How do island sovereignty and conservation relate to each other?




Registration for the 7th International Conference on Environmental Future: Humans and Island Environments is being handled by the East-West Center.

Registration fees include access to all Conference sessions, conference materials, site visits and receptions.

Information about accommodation including partner hotels and student housing opportunities here.

Registration is now open!




7ICEF is a partnership of the Foundation for Environmental Conservation, Newcastle University Institute for Sustainability, East-West Center, and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, Pacific Science Association, Pacific Islands Climate Science Center. and the Water Research Resources Center.

For more information please email us at icef7@foundationforec.org.