Public talk - Treating our Societal Addiction to Growth
6:00 PM18:00

Public talk - Treating our Societal Addiction to Growth

World renowned Ecological Economist Professor Robert Costanza from the Australian National University will give a public talk about societal addiction to growth and how therapies successful for treating individual’s addictions can be utilised to help build positive sustainable futures for communities.

Professor Costanza’a transdisciplinary research integrates the study of humans and the rest of nature to address research, policy and management issues at multiple time and space scales, from small watersheds to the global system. 

Catchments Otago looks forward to welcoming Professor Costanza to Dunedin and warmly invites members of the public to attend this free event.

Treating Our Societal Addiction to Growth 

Societies, like individuals, can become addicted to patterns of detrimental and unsustainable behaviour. We can learn from successful therapies at the individual scale, like motivational interviewing, which engages addicts in a positive discussion of their goals, motives, and futures. One analogy at the societal level is community engaged scenario planning; engaging entire communities in building consensus about preferred alternative futures. Effective therapies are possible, but require a re-balancing of efforts.

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Peripatus Schools Radio Show
2:00 PM14:00

Peripatus Schools Radio Show

Listen to a radio show about our Peripatus Schools Project

Episode 1 - Field Investigations. Have they found any peripatus? 

Tune in to hear the children talk about what they are doing as part of the project and why, as well as hear some of their findings so far. Dr C and the teachers talk about the project background and discuss why hands-on, real science is important for children.

Listen via Otago Access Radio 105.4FM Dunedin or online at

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Water law in the US: Challenges and Solutions for the Anthropocene
5:30 PM17:30

Water law in the US: Challenges and Solutions for the Anthropocene

The Faculty of Law and Catchments Otago present an Open Lecture

Water law in the US: Challenges and Solutions for the Anthropocene

Professor Robin Craig, William Evans Visiting Fellow

The US faces many legal and challenges regarding watershed management in the Anthropocene. Professor Craig will give some background on the basic divisions in the US between water quality law and water allocation law, jurisdictional fragmentation, and discuss the ways that have emerged tobridge some of those difficulties, drawing from her work both on water compacts and adaptive watergovernance.

Refreshments to follow.

Robin Craig is the James I. Farr Presidential Endowed Professor of Law, at the University of Utah S.J.Quinney College of Law and affiliated to the faculty of the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment and the Global Change and Sustainability Center. She serves on the Executive Board of the University of Utah’s Water Center. Professor Craig specializes in all things water, including climate change and water; the food-water-energy nexus; water quality and water allocation law; and marine protected areas and marine spatial planning.

The William Evans fund of the University of Otago was established in 1946 under the will of the late Dr William Evans, who directed that a trust fund be established for the promotion and encouragement of learning.

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8:45 AM08:45

Water, Biodiversity, People Symposium

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‘Water, Biodiversity, People’

Catchments Otago Symposium

Monday 9th April, 2018

St Margaret’s College, University of Otago, Dunedin

8.45am start-5.30pm

(8.30am arrival requested)

The University of Otago Research Theme Catchments Otago, a multi-disciplinary theme exploring approaches for sharing natural resources that consider environmental, social and economic outcomes, is hosting a day long symposium focussing on Water & Biodiversity, Water & Society, Water & Health and Water & Movement. Speaker perspectives relating to the four themes will be presented during four 90-minute long sessions, with time throughout the day for fruitful discussions to explore topics raised.

The Organising Committee extend a warm invitation to interested individuals to attend the 9th April 2018 Symposium. Registration for attendance is free and refreshments will be provided.

Confirmed speakers include:

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Hon David Parker, Attorney-General, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Trade and Export Growth, Minister for the Environment, Associate Minister of Finance
  • Michael Baker, Department of Public Health, University of Otago
  • Mark Bryan, Managing Director VetSouth
  • Pat Garden, Otago Conservation Board Chairperson
  • Olga Pantos, Institute of Environmental Science and Research
  • Gretchen Robertson, Otago Regional Council Councillor
  • Jean-Luc Payan, Manager Natural Hazards ORC
  • Jack Heineman, School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury
  • Christian Zammit, Programme Leader Hydrological Processes and Water Resources NIWA

Register your attendance by Thursday 15 March, 2018




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