The Island Arks Symposium is a long standing, high level meeting for islanders, island managers, conservation ecologists and island eco-tourism operators. The Symposium provides an invaluable forum for knowledge sharing, and as a platform for developing collaborations and partnerships amongst island people. Now in its 5th iteration, Island Arks V promises to be a wonderful opportunity for those involved in, or with an interest in island management within the Pacific region and elsewhere.
We are now seeking submission of abstracts from individuals and organisations wishing to present at the Symposium. Abstracts can be sent to the Organising Committee via **firstname.lastname@example.org**
Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and submitted in Microsoft Word format. A full title should be supplied along with the names and affiliations of all authors. Please ensure the presenting author is identified.
- January 2017 – Call for Abstracts
- February 2017 – Registrations Open
- May 2017 – Close of Call for Abstracts
- June 2017 – Notification to successful presenters
- July 2017 – Publication of Final Program
**Sessions & Topics**
We will accept abstracts for presentations covering any topic related to the sustainable use, conservation and management of islands. A number of thematic sessions are under development and potential presenters submitting abstracts within these themes should first contact the session convenor as below:
Myrtaceae plant health in the Pacific region.
Myrtle rust (and other fungal pathogens affecting this family) in the Pacific region. This session will bring researchers together to discuss in situ and ex situ conservation strategies for this family, in the face of this major threat to plant health.
Convenor: Ruth E. Bone PhD FLS International Projects Officer (Pacific). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Millennium Seed Bank. email **R.Bone@kew.org**
What, Where, and When: Approaches to identifying priorities for island management.
Knowing how to manage invasive species and other threats to island biodiversity is not enough. Our success in managing for the persistence of native species and ecosystems on islands will depend strongly on how effectively we set priorities for action with inevitable constraints on funding. This session will bring together people from diverse geographies and backgrounds who are wrestling with the problems of prioritisation to share perspectives and experiences.
Convenor: Bob Pressey FAA. Distinguished Professor. Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. James Cook University. email **email@example.com**
Incorporating community, cultural and commercial needs and desires into conservation management interventions
Social conservationists contend that improved outcomes for biodiversity conservation requires more holistic models than those used in the past. This session will bring together practitioners who are using new models to engage with host communities in conservation interventions.
Convenor: Derek Ball PhD BSc. Chief Executive Officer. Wildmob. email **firstname.lastname@example.org**
Reducing the impacts of catchment runoff on coastal marine ecosystems.
This session brings together a diverse group of planners, researchers and practitioners working towards development and implementation of water quality improvement plans designed to reduce the impact of downstream catchment runoff on coastal marine ecosystems.
Convenor: Derek Ball PhD BSc. Chief Executive Officer Wildmob. email **email@example.com**
Island Arks V will be held at the [Anchorage Beach Resort](http://www.anchoragefiji.com) which is conveniently located just 15 minutes from Nadi International Airport, Fiji.
An engaging social program is under preparation as are field trip opportunities. Please check back here for updates.
Derek Ball, CEO, Wildmob, Australia
Ruci Botei, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Fiji
Adrian Midwood, Managing Director, Ocean Ambassadors & Moana Sailing, Fiji
Ray Nias, Director South West Pacific, Island Conservation
Jo Ritchie, Business Manager, Treescape Environmental, New Zealand