Sunday June 15

Conservation Conference

Schedule of Events

9:00am - 10:00am Exclusive Meet & Greet Coffee with Dr. Jane Goodall
10:00am - 4:00pm Presentations | Discussion Panels | Films
4:30pm - 5:30pm Dr. Goodall Lecture | Where the Hope Lies 
5:30pm - 6:30pm Book Signing with Dr. Goodall*

* Guests may bring any Jane Goodall publication to be signed or there will be 2 books available for purchase: Seeds of Hope and Reason for Hope

Detailed Schedule | 10AM-4PM


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Learn more about Speakers and Moderators by reading their Bios


Kids of all ages are invited to join any of the presentations, panels, or films but we will have separate kids activities going on during the day as well.

Subak Trek with GreenCamp!

Kids will explore the rice fields and surrounding agroforests to learn how these systems are contributing to food security and soil fertility here in Bali. 

Sign up: @ GreenCamp table in Gym
Start Time: 10:30am (All participants must be ready to go by 10:15am)
Return Time: 12:00pm
Max # of kids: 25
Please bring a hat, water bottle, walking shoes, sunscreen, camera (optional), snack (optional).

Climb a Coconut Tree with GreenCamp!

Sign up: @ GreenCamp table in Gym
Start Time: 1:00pm 
Max # of kids: 12

MEI Kids Activities
Making Rubber Jewelry
Kids Yoga

*All films are appropiate for children*

Presentation Descriptions

The Wickedness of Conservation and Sustainability: Educating Our Children
Michael De Alessi & Marc Stern

The presenters will share their experiences on the complexities and ‘grey’ areas that permeate conservation and sustainability issues. The term “wickedness” refers to the idea that these problems are not only complex, but they are also contested by competing values of the people involved. Each speaker will share their experiences and original research on international conservation and sustainable development projects, then briefly discuss what they believe is the means for educating the next generation of sustainability leaders. This conversation with the audience will begin with a brief overview of the current state of the art of environmental education, and how it focuses less on “shoulds” and more on the key skills necessary for a sustainable society, which are critical thinking, collaborative learning, understanding multiple perspectives, and innovative problem solving.

Saving Sumatra's Orangutans | Ian Singleton

Ian will outline the current status of orangutans and the threats to this species. Highlighting the solutions and the opportunities for how people can get behind the cause wherever they are in the world. Ian will also speak specifically about the work that has been done by the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program to protect habitat, wild orangutans themselves and also the work to reintroduce confiscated illegal pet orangutans to the wild.

The State of Kalimantan and Preserving the Dayak Culture | David Metcalf

David will cover the current state of the environment in Kalimantan and speak about an eco-tourism project in North East Kalimantan. He will also speak about the Dayak culture and a documentary film that he is making about a journey to take five Dayak elders back to their original home deep in the Heart of Borneo.

Survival of the Subaks | Dr. Steve Lansing

The selling of productive rice fields to developers is threatening the existence of the subak system, which has been an integral part of Bali’s agricultural ecosystem for over 1,000 years. Steve, who has been studying the system since 1974, says the subak system might not survive its popularity. With over two million visitors a year, the landscape and its cultural traditions are so popular, farmers are selling their rice fields to developers, taking out of production about 1,000 hectares a year. Because the entire system is integrated, when a few terraced fields are sold, the taxes on neighboring farms increase, putting pressure on more farmers to sell, which threatens the viability of the whole. At the current rate of loss of rice fields, all subak are under threat, and unless something is done in the next few years, the entire system could collapse. In this presentation, Dr. Lansing will speak about the the UNESCO plan that himself and his Balinese colleagues have developed to prevent this from happening

Multispecies Education | Muria Roberts

In the mid-twentieth century, multicultural education began in recognition that this planet is home to a variety of humans of different races and cultures and that, in order to reduce conflicts within human society, we needed to educate explicitly about each other and more equitably share resources. The world is now at a similar point of recognition, but this time we are looking beyond the boundaries of our own species. There is a deep intellectual shift taking place globally and being felt within the arts, humanities and social sciences. Anthropologists are referring to it as the ‘species turn’ and Harvard University hosted a graduate conference in April 2013, entitled ‘Navigating a Multispecies World’, in an effort to explore it. Science is increasingly highlighting the interconnection of living things and warning us that without a biodiversity of species on this Earth, our very survival and quality of life are threatened.

It was from an international symposium in 2002 on ‘People and Wildlife: Conflict or Coexistence’, organized by the Royal Zoological Society of London to discuss the increasing number of human-wildlife conflicts challenging conservationists, that the concept of multispecies education first gave rise. This symposium highlighted an underlying need that begins with conservation, but extends to human-animal relations in a variety of contexts globally – the need for humans to better understand, share with, and live with, the other species on this Earth. This is the focus of multispecies education.

This presentation will explain the concept of multispecies education in greater detail - clarifying its components, where it fits within a range of existing ‘educations’  (conservation education, humane education, environmental education), how it might best be implemented and what it can contribute to the field of conservation.

Bali Animal Welfare Association: Challenges, Achievements & Vision
Janice Girardi, Gusti Ngurah Bagus & Made Suwana

BAWA Founder Janice Girardi and her team will give a highly visual presentation of their Participate Learn Action (PLA) education work in Bali Schools and villages to drive new thinking and new practice in animal welfare.  They share the vision and their achievements to turn Bali communities into autonomous animal sanctuaries.  In its infancy, the grassroots program is presenting challenges, realising successes and has inspired BAWA’s vision for an island in which all traditional communities are safe and healthy sanctuaries for animals. Discussion will include how to develop and progress this ambitious but highly promising program for sustainable change.

Freeing Bali Starlings in the Heart of Bali
Mehd Halaouate

The presentation will explain the impact of humans on the survival of an endangered species and how education can raise awareness about conservation issues. The Bali starlings’ power of adaptation to new habitat is a major key to their survival. One of the main solutions to conservation problems is the involvement and commitment of the local communities.

Film Synopses

Rise of the Eco-Warriors
Produced by Mark White & Alan Finney

A group of passionate and adventurous young people leave their known worlds behind to spend 100 days in the jungles of Borneo. Their mission is to confront one of the great global challenges of our time, saving rainforests and giving hope to endangered orangutans. Their task is enormous and the odds are against them.

Jojo, an orphaned baby orangutan, is entrusted in their care and they must find a way to return her to her forest home. To do this, they need to build an orangutan rehabilitation centre and work with the local communities to protect their forest. They start a reforestation nursery and create a musical education show for local schools. Under the guidance of their mentor Dr Willie Smits, they introduce an innovative satellite monitoring system called Earthwatchers and enlist the help of school students around the world. The system is put to the test when the bulldozers move in and threaten the future of a nearby community living in a traditional longhouse.

This is a story about what it takes it be an eco-warrior, an individual willing to step up and take action to avert a global catastrophe taking place before our eyes. The eco-warriors represent a new generation, ready to face what is happening on our planet and willing to do something, no matter how small, to build a more humane and balanced world. For them, every individual matters, every action counts.

Let Elephants Be Elephants

Produced by Nadya Hutagalung & Ernest Hariyanto

An inspiring and heart-warming journey into the world of elephants. Asia’s best-known celebrities Nadya Hutagalung and elephant expert  Dr Tammie Matson, dive into the wilds of Africa and the back alleys of Asia to discover the connection between Africa’s  escalating poaching crisis and the growing demand for ivory in Asia. 

The film provides incredible insights from those fighting to save the last of Africa’s elephants, from world famous elephant researchers to courageous anti-poaching rangers. Nadya and Tammie interview some of the biggest names in elephant conservation, including Richard Bonham of the Big Life Foundation, the man leading an anti-poaching ranger force of 280 men across Kenya and Tanzania, Dr Cynthia Moss of the Amboseli Trust for Elephants who has been studying elephants for 45 years, Dr Iain-Douglas Hamilton of Save The Elephants, one of the world’s foremost elephant experts, and Dame Daphne Sheldrick of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust who has saved hundreds of baby elephants orphaned by poachers.  The women bust the myths about where ivory comes from and learn the true cost to the elephants.

Orangutan Short Films

THE REDD APE (Orangutan, A Climate Chance) | Orangutans and local communities have saved peat land and rainforest for millennia. Now short term economic greed is destroying it in decades, releasing huge carbon stores and threatening humanity itself. Caught into the middle of the public discourse « on what to do? » to save the climate, with no concrete actions, orang-utans populations are quickly vanishing, a genocide. What might think the orangutans, probably the most intelligent non-human ape of its human cousin? The documentary provides a clear orangutan's answer.

Orangutans dying as demand for palm oil soars | From instant noodles to ice cream, palm oil is found in roughly half of all packaged supermarket products. Demand for the product has led to the destruction of Indonesian jungles which are home to a large number of wild orangutans. NBC News Correspondent Ian Williams travels to Indonesia and follows a man fighting to save one of our closest relatives.

Orangutans and the Economics of Sustainable Forest Management in Sumatra | Deforestation is responsible for approximately 17% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and is therefore a major contributor to climate change, but also to the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services and a direct threat to Asia’s great ape – the orangutan. Between 2005–2010, Indonesia had accelerating forest loss compared to 2000–2005 and is within the highest five countries for percentage of primary forest loss globally. Much of the deforestation is caused by both illegal and short-term economic gains, often undermining long-term development goals. The Orangutan Report quantifies the economic trade-offs between unsustainable and sustainable forms of land use, and considers the role of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) and broader Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes in achieving balanced conservation and development objectives.

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