7th International Conference on Environmental Future

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.

Conference Themes

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.

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 Islands Climate Science Center.

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