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What Difference does 20 Years Make?

2012 Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference

What Difference does 20 Years Make? Reflections on Change, Innovation, and the Work that Remains

July 31-August 2, 2012
Hawai‘i Convention Center, Honolulu

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference (HCC) and 20 years since the Rio Earth Summit. The 20th annual conference is an opportunity to reflect on the past two decades of island conservation in Hawai‘i and wider Pacific Islands. Activities will include a presentation of a “20th Anniversary HCC Video” reflecting on the successes and memories of the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance (formerly the Secretariat for Conservation Biology); daily thought provoking keynote speakers; a special banner to memorialize our collective genealogy; public art event; training opportunities; and more. Join us in celebrating HCC’s 20th anniversary!

Tuesday, July 31 - Opening Plenary Session Tundi Agardy, PhD

Tundi Agardy, PhD

Executive Director, Sound Seas

Tundi Agardy is an internationally renowned expert in biodiversity conservation, with extensive field and policy experience in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, North America and the Pacific. She currently heads Sound Seas, an independent policy group based in the Washington, DC area, specializing in biodiversity conservation, coastal planning and assessment, marine protected areas, and fisheries management... READ FULL BIO

Tuesday, July 31 - Opening Plenary Session

Bill Raynor

Director, Marine Conservation Programs, Asia-Pacific Region, The Nature Conservancy

Bill is a professionally trained agroforester who has lived and worked in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, for 25 years.  Since joining the Conservancy in 1992, Bill has earned the reputation as a leader in innovative, community-based conservation and one of the best practitioners in the field.  He is a recognized expert on Pohnpei's upland forest and has an in-depth knowledge of the environmental, political, cultural, and economic context of the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.  Bill is fluent in Pohnpeian and the "high language" reserved for high chiefs.  As the former Director of the Conservancy's Micronesia Program, Bill focused on helping to develop national biodiversity conservation strategies with Micronesian political entities, including the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, and Guam.  He now serves as the Director of Conservation Programs for the entire Asia-Pacific Region.

Wednesday, August 1 -  Plenary Session

Alan Holt

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation Global Conservation

Alan Holt is the Environment Program director for the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, a Minnesota-based funder engaging in conservation and other international and domestic issues.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Alan enjoyed a long career with The Nature Conservancy, helping to establish the organization’s Hawai‘i program from 1982 to 1998 and then working in the western U.S., Canada and internationally for several years.  Alan helped launch what would become the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance and its annual conference, and was among those who organized several of the invasive species and watershed partnerships that have grown across the islands today.

Thursday, August 2 - Awards Luncheon Speaker

Sheila Conant

Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Hawai`i; 2002 HCA Distinguished Service Awardee

Sheila Conant’s career in ecology and conservation in Hawai‘i has spanned over 40 years. Her research focus is on Hawaiian birds and her list of publications on their ecology, evolution, conservation and management is astounding. In addition, her tireless community service, public lectures, assistance in creating GK-12 curriculum and other educational materials, as well as her dedicated work with her graduate students, has influenced many aspects of conservation throughout the state. Sheila has also played a major hand in landing sizable grants and contracts to further numerous conservation efforts here. Her list of awards and accomplishments is impressive and extensive, as is her list of inspired and successful students. Sheila served as the Chair of the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Graduate Specialization at the University of Hawai‘i from 1999-2001, and as Chair of the Department of Zoology.

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