The 15th Small Islands of the World Conference, on Kangaroo Island, July 2-7, will be opened by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le, Governor of SA. The keynote speaker is the Honourable Christopher Loeak.

 Main keynote speaker: The Honourable Christopher Loeak, former president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Photo: Supplied.

Main keynote speaker: The Honourable Christopher Loeak, former president of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Photo: Supplied.

The 15th Small Islands of the World Conference, hosted by KI for the first time, will offer participants the opportunity to be connected with and immersed in an island community and environment. 

Speaker: Dr Margi Prideaux is a negotiator, author and wildlife policy specialist. Photo: Supplied.

Speaker: Dr Margi Prideaux is a negotiator, author and wildlife policy specialist. Photo: Supplied.

Running from July 2-7, it will leave a lasting legacy for our community from the wealth of expertise attending, but will also share our island story, heritage and learnings with those attending from around the globe.

The theme of the conference is, ‘Small island communities: models for global survival’.

Speaker: Godfrey Baldacchino, president, International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA). Photo: Supplied.

Speaker: Godfrey Baldacchino, president, International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA). Photo: Supplied.

On Monday July 3 and Tuesday July 4, there will be over eighty presentations, about one third of these being delivered by Kangaroo Islanders.

Another one third of the papers are from islands around Australia, including Lord Howe, North Stradbroke and Fraser Islands.

The remaining papers are from international speakers representing at least fifteen countries, including the Bahamas, Canada, Croatia, Fiji, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Palau, United Kingdom, USA and Yap (FSM).

On Thursday July 6, the conference will feature an Open Day for KI residents.

The morning program at Kingscote Town Hall will feature His Execellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le, Governor of SA, followed by the main keynote speaker, the Honourable Christopher Loeak, former President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, on ‘Saving the planet: the contribution of small island nations to global survival’.

The afternoon program will kick off with two parallel plenary sessions, the first, with Angela Hazebroeck and Emeritus Professor Stephen Royle, on the topic of ‘Social planning on small islands: what works?’ 

The other plenary will focus on tourism: ‘Managing tourists on small islands: what works?’ It will feature Dr Claire Ellis from Tasmania, and Associate Professor Sophia Rolle, Interim Executive Director of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Studies at the University of the Bahamas.

At KICE, 4pm, the topic is, ‘Energy, sustainability and bio-security on small islands: do or die’, with Martine Kinloch and Rob Ellis, with Professors Beate Ratter and Joël Arseneau.

At 7pm, the topic is, ‘Good governance on small islands’, with Commissioner Wendy Campana and Dr Margi Prideaux, with international guests Dr Ilan Kelman and Dr Andrew Harwood.

The Conference program is now finalised and on-line: kangarooisland2017.com

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