May 9, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

International conference to bring Nobel Prize winner to Whakatane

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Professor Elinor Ostriom who won the Nobel prize for economics in 2009, has been confirmed as one of the key-note speakers at the Sharing Power conference which will be held in Whakatane next month.

The conference will be hosted by Te Runanga o Ngati Awa and Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi in conjunction with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy.

Conference organiser Aroha Mead says that it is not everyday a Nobel Prize winner visits to Whakatane and her expertise in this field will be invaluable to the conference:

We are very honoured to have Professor Ostrom join the conference as she is travelling from another conference to be here for one day only such is her commitment to this work. Professor Ostrom will bring clarity around the issues of ‘the commons’ and the public domain, as these terms are often used quite inaccurately within resource management discussions here in New Zealand. She wil also bring a very considered analysis of what conditions are necessary for collective management of resources to work best. concludes Ms Mead.

Considered one of the leading scholars in the study of common-pool resources, Professor Ostrom is one of a number of high powered national and international speakers and guests attending the conference. The goal of the conference is to find ways to improve the quality of heritage being passed on to future generations and to improve community and indigenous participation in the governance and management of biocultural resources.

Te Runanga o Ngati Awa and Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi will play a core role in facilitating the conference which will bring together people who have an interest conservation and sustainable management.

The conference, which is set to take place from January 11 to January 15, will look to enable indigenous peoples and local communities to have greater rights and responsibilities in governance and management of the landscapes and ecosystems they live in. Scientists, economists, indigenous leaders, environmentalists, policy-makers and academics are expected to attend the conference.

Te Runanga o Ngati Awa is extremely proud to be associated with an international conference with such an important kauapapa at its core, says Chief Executive Jeremy Gardiner.

As an organisation, we are committed to the sustainable management of our natural resources and are continually refining and improving our practices in this area. The conference will be attended by a collection of internationally renowned leaders in the field so we are privileged, and extremely excited, to be able to host them here in Whakatane.

The other partners in the conference are the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic & Social Policy (CEESP).

Professor Elinor Ostrom bio

Elinor Ostrom is the Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science and a Senior Research-Director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University and Research Professor.

She is also the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity at Arizona State University and a long-standing member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic & Social Policy (CEESP).

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