More than 170 people will attend a conference in Dunedin this
month aimed at helping ''citizen-initiated'' conservation
meet the challenges it is facing as the responsibility for
looking after New Zealand's biodiversity increasingly falls
on the community.
Conservation Inc, to be held at the Dunedin Centre on October
17 and 18, is being organised by the Yellow-eyed Penguin
The conference will celebrate the trust's 25th year and
attempt to explore how people can meet the challenges faced
under a new Department of Conservation structure.
Trust general manager Sue Murray said people from the Far
North to Stewart Island had registered.
''It shows there is nationwide interest in wanting to
understand the new conservation and its impact on community
Doc staff from around the country and local body
representatives will be among those attending.
The conference has four themes - how groups can collaborate,
stay viable, respond to biodiversity needs and what is
New Dunedin-based Doc director of conservation partnerships
Barry Hanson will speak on the ''new look'' department.
Tourism Industry Association head Martin Snedden,
representatives of the trust's major sponsor of 24 years,
Mainland, and representatives from Forest and Bird, councils
and WWF are some of the other speakers.
In an effort to get groups thinking about succession
planning, a session involving representatives from different
schools speaking about what conservation will look like in 25
years will close the conference, she said.
The day before the conference, three workshops will be held
covering governance, and sustainable fundraising, with the
third at Orokonui Ecosanctuary on integrated pest management.