Call for Abstracts: 7th International Conference on Environmental Future – Humans and Island Environments

April 16-20, 2018, Honolulu, Hawai'i

Call for papers

Abstract submission for contributed talks and poster presentations for the 7ICEF is now open:

http://manoa.hawaii.edu/7ICEF/abstracts/

Deadline for submissions is December, 1, 2017.

Islands are at the forefront of many of the environmental issues that the world is facing. Climate change is already impacting the livelihoods and wellbeing of islanders, and may soon threaten the very existence of some islands. Species extinctions have been mainly on islands, driven by invasive species, habitat loss and human exploitation, and climate change is predicted to have a greater role in extinctions through this century. The threats facing islands have spurred calls for greater action on climate change and islands nations played a key role in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Many islands are also making big advances in protecting both terrestrial and marine biodiversity, and pushing for a more sustainable development route, with these efforts frequently being led by local island communities.

Organized by the Foundation for Environmental Conservation (FEC), East-West Center, and University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, and the University of Hawai’i Sea Grant College Program the 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.

Conference Themes

  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?

Deadline: December 1, 2017

Posted: October 24, 2017