ISLAND ARKS SYMPOSIUM 2009 National Conference 7-11th December The Whitsunday Islands Queensland Australia Island ecosystems, management and sustainable use. Important Dates: Sustainable use of island ecosystems requires strong inter-disciplinary knowl- edge bases including terrestrial and marine ecology, coastal engineering, fire Call for symposia: ecology, invasive species management, waste management, communication March 2009 and marketing, and environmental economics. The symposium aims to bring together practitioners in these disciplines to identify, discuss and resolve man- Acceptance of symposia: agement challenges; identifying pathways for long-term conservation of island April 2009 ecosystems including sustainable use. Call for abstracts: May 2009 Indicative Symposia Acceptance of abstracts: • Australia’s Islands; geomorphology, biogeography, conservation values; July 2009 floristics and fauna, ecotourism, traditional tenure. • Management issues; invasive species, fire, visitor impacts, climate Early bird registration closing: change, re-establishment of customary tenure (including International September 2009 case studies). • Conservation planning; management costs and cost drivers, systems support for conservation planning and implementation. Committee: • Linkages between island and marine systems; Dynamics of food sources and nesting resources for seabirds, use of islands by migratory shorebirds, marine turtles. Bob Pressey - ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef • Island Arks; Islands as repositories for biodiversity, translocation loca- Studies tions for threatened species and case studies, learning opportunities within simplified island systems. Derek Ball - Reef Catchments • State of the Islands reporting; developing baselines to measure man- agement success. Ray Nias - WWF Australia Venue The Whitsunday Islands are an internationally renowned Island ecotourism Contact: destination. Hamilton Island receives direct flights from all eastern Australian www.islandarks.com.au capital cities and connections from International flights. A wide range of ac- Derek.firstname.lastname@example.org commodation facilities are available on numerous islands, and the mainland 61-7-4968 4202 along with regular boat transfers between these.