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  • Association AffairsPacific Science Association

PSA Activities

A. PSA Executive Board Meeting

PSA held its annual Executive Board Meeting on 15 April 2018 at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Attending in person were PSA President Yonglong Lu, Secretary-General Kevin Johnson, Treasurer Makoto Tsuchiya, Past-President Nancy Lewis, and PSA Executive Secretary Burke Burnett. Attending via videoconference were PSA Vice President Sang-Dai Park, Ordinary Board Member Isao Nakajima, and Marina Shtets (as official proxy for Ordinary Board Member Valentin Sergienko).

The Board discussed matters related to the 24th Pacific Science Congress in 2020, plans for a regional scientific workshop targeted for early 2019, as well as a report on PSA’s ongoing finances, membership, and relations with external partners.

B. 7th International Conference on Environmental Future

PSA was an official partner organization for the 7th International Conference on Environmental Future: “Humans and Island Environments” (7ICEF), which was held 16–20 April 2018 at the East-West Center’s Imin Center in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. The conference organizers were the Foundation for Environmental Conservation (FEC), East-West Center, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program, and the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology. Past-President Nancy Lewis and PSA Executive Secretary Burke Burnett served on the conference’s Steering Committee.

The 7ICEF Conference was attended by 200 participants from the Asia-Pacific region as well as other island archipelagos, Europe, and North and South America. There were 98 presenters on topics that brought together the social and hard sciences, on tracks based on 18 themes:

  1. 1. What is the importance of islands to environmental conservation?

  2. 2. How have humans changed island ecosystems through history?

  3. 3. What are the future challenges for island ecology and evolution?

  4. 4. How can island conservation contribute to human well-being? [End Page 519]

  5. 5. How are islands dealing with the challenge of balancing development with sustainability?

  6. 6. How can we incorporate the value of island environments into conservation?

  7. 7. How can indigenous and local knowledge (ILK) be used to improve island environmental futures?

  8. 8. How can we build island communities that are resilient to the impacts of climate change and environmental hazards?

  9. 9. What role can the humanities play in island conservation?

  10. 10. How does environmental governance on islands currently operate and what forms of governance produce the best outcomes?

  11. 11. How can we improve island conservation through integrated marine and terrestrial management?

  12. 12. What is the current state of knowledge of island extinctions and how can this be used to set baselines for restoration?

  13. 13. How well are island conservation issues addressed in international conventions and agreements?

  14. 14. What have we learned about invasive species on islands and what are the best strategies for dealing with them in the future?

  15. 15. What is the role of environmental education on islands?

  16. 16. How is climate affecting patterns of island migration?

  17. 17. What are the links between human health and environmental conservation on islands?

  18. 18. How do island sovereignty and conservation relate to each other?

Each themed session included discussions and question and answers, and all sessions were streamed live on the Internet (note: the organizers intend to make these recorded webcasts available on the Internet; details will follow in a future issue of Association Affairs). The final day of the conference was workshop sessions and a webcast panel discussion that tied together the unifying themes and messages arising from the sessions.

As part of the 7ICEF, a series of invited papers will be published in the Foundation for Environmental Conservation’s journal, Environmental Conservation. These papers include:

  • • BRAJE, T., LEPPARD, T., FITZPATRICK, S., & ERLANDSON, J. (2017). Archaeology, historical ecology and anthropogenic island ecosystems. Environmental Conservation, 1–12. doi:10.1017/S0376892917000261

  • • CONNELL, J. (2018). Islands: Balancing development and sustainability? Environmental Conservation, 1–14. doi:10.1017/S0376892918000036

  • • COULTHARD, S., EVANS, L., TURNER, R., MILLS, D., FOALE, S., ABERNETHY, K., HICKS, C., & MONNEREAU, I. (2017). Exploring ‘Islandness’ and the Impacts of Nature Conservation through the Lens of Wellbeing. Environmental Conservation, 1–12. doi:10.1017/S0376892917000273

  • • DAHL, A. (2017). Island conservation issues in international conventions and agreements. Environmental Conservation, 1–19. doi:10.1017/S0376892917000224...

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-6188
Print ISSN
0030-8870
Pages
pp. 519-521
Launched on MUSE
2018-09-18
Open Access
No
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