Hawai'i conservation alliance

Call for Proposals

20th Annual Hawai'i 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, HI


Authors will be notified in mid-April

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!


The HCC organizing committee is soliciting proposals for sessions, forums, workshops, trainings and individual oral or poster presentations in the following four tracks. Specific session topics are suggested for each track; however, we also welcome other related conservation topics.  Integrated approaches to research and management will be given priority ranking.

1. Celebrating Success: Achievements over the Past 20 Years

What are some of the successes we have seen in island conservation over the last two decades? This track will focus on where we started and how we have achieved success.  Sessions will demonstrate what success looks like from various perspectives of those practicing conservation in the Pacific.  

  • ‘Āina Ulu: Best Practices in Land Management
  • Local Ripples, Global Waves: Hawai‘i/Pacific Marine Conservation
  • You’ll Know It When You See It: Examples of What Success Looks Like
  • Agency Evolution: Changes in Institutional Resource Management
  • Peer Success: Regional & International Collaborations
  • The Partner Approach: Why Together is Better
  • The Changing Faces of Conservation in Hawai‘i and the Pacific

2. Continuing Challenges: The Work that Remains

Despite decades of effort, many challenges in conservation remain.  Understanding what they are and why they continue to limit our success is key to prioritizing the work still ahead.  This track will identify and explore road blocks that stand in our way to achieving successful conservation, what can and must be done about them, and help us consider what must be done differently to reverse the trend.  

  • Mainstreaming Conservation: Integration Across Sectors
  • What Budget?: Making Limited Funding Work For You
  • Synergy: Making the Whole > The Sum of the Parts
  • Making Science Matter: Communicating Science to Communities
  • Picking our Battles: Aliens and Invasives
  • The Elephant in The Room: Climate Change

3. The Way Forward: Island Contributions toward Global Sustainability

Integrating the ‘new’ and ‘old’ green.  Showcasing innovations in green building, clean energy, green jobs, food security, etc., this track will explore the contributions of conservation to green growth and look for ways to ensure benefits to eco(system) security from the ‘green’ initiative.    

  • It’s All About Water: Following the Flow
  • Green Initiatives: Innovations and Leadership in Green Building, Clean Energy, Sustainable Agriculture
  • Building A Green Economy: Natural Resource Valuations and Other Ways to Make Conservation Count
  • Green Jobs: Creating Career Pathways
  • Sparks of Inspiration: Leadership By Emerging Professionals
  • The Nexus of Conservation and Farming: The Role of Aquaculture and Agriculture in Both Food and Eco(system) Security

4. Conservation through a Cultural Lens: Hawai‘i and Pacific Leadership
The Pacific is a global leader in bridging conservation and culture.  Although we still have a long way to go, given the still intimate relationship between islanders and our environment, culture plays an ever-increasing role in contemporary conservation in our region.  This track will showcase projects that are successfully engaging native people in the integration of indigenous knowledge, practices and perspectives in resource management.

  • Storytelling, Past and Present: Integration of Cultural Practice and Knowledge
  • Lessons Learned from Our Cousins: Pacific Island Innovations in Culturally-Based Conservation


Oral and Poster Presentation Abstracts: Formal, individual presentations on various conservation topics will be scheduled in one of the following sessions depending on the abstract content. On the abstract submission form, you will be asked to choose a preferred presentation format (oral or poster) and identify the status of your project: information or news item; project/idea under development; completed project with data and results. In some cases, the review committee may suggest that you change your preferred format depending on the content of your abstract, available time in the program, and available space in the exhibit hall. Deadline for abstracts: March 9, 2012.

Oral Presentations

     a.) 20-minute individual presentations (17-minute talk, 2 minutes Q&A, 1 minute for transition time)
     b.) 10-minute individual presentations (7-minute talk, 2 minutes Q&A, and 1 minute for transition time).

Oral presentations will be scheduled into 2-hour sessions concluding with a 20-minute Q&A session. The 10-minute presentation format is appropriate for a topic of broad appeal, a new project or innovative idea, a recent success, a news story or update.

Poster presentation: This is a visual presentation to showcase your work to conference attendees throughout the entire conference. Posters are particularly useful as a way to present quantitative research. More than one participant may author a poster, but at least one of the primary authors must be in attendance to discuss the poster at the Poster & Exhibit Reception on Wednesday, August 1.

We are no longer accepting proposals for symposia, forums, workshops or trainings. The deadline was January 31.

Symposium: a formal moderated session with 4-5 presentations organized around a topic or theme; individual presentation time is limited to 20 minutes; moderator introduces presenters and conducts Q&A session at end of session. Time limit: 2 hours per session. The committee will consider two part sessions for a total of 4 hours. Abstracts for each presenter are required (abstracts due March 9, 2011).

Forum: A less formal, interactive panel or roundtable session organized around a topic or theme; moderator guides presenters’ discussion and conducts Q&A session with audience during or after presentations. Time limit: 2 hours per session. The committee will consider two part sessions for a total of 4 hours. Abstracts for each presenter are not required unless requested by the forum organizer/chair.

Workshop: An interactive, highly facilitated, “hands on” session that minimizes formal presentations and emphasizes the application of information and/or technology. Active audience participation is encouraged. Subject categories may include: Education & Outreach, Community Engagement, Career & Skills Development, Management Tool Applications, etc. A workshop abstract is required that describes engagement technique used by the person(s) facilitating the workshop. Hawai‘i-based workshop facilitators must be registered participants.

Training: This an opportunity for organizations to host capacity building activities that focus on a specific skills transfer to conservation practitioners, or a time to engage a specific audience in a particular topic related to our larger theme (i.e. GIS analysis, integration of conservation in the classroom for teachers). A description is required to explain the goals and target audience of the training. Hawaii-based training facilitators must be registered conference participants. Trainings can occur on the weekend before or after conference.

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