Dr Bruce Clarkson is Deputy Chair of the Waikato Regional Council. Dr Clarkson will be giving a presentation on behalf of Waikato Regional Council, premiere sponsor of the conference.
Dr Clarkson was awarded the ONZM in 2023 for services to ecological restoration, making significant contributions to conservation through his ongoing research, education, and restoration of native plants and ecosystems projects over a more than 40-year career.
Since 2016 he has led ‘People, Cities and Nature’, a government funded research programme, hosted by the University of Waikato, focusing on restoring damaged or depleted indigenous ecosystems in urban environments. His research has guided biodiversity and restoration projects including the Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park and Hamilton’s Nature in the City Programme, and he has contributed to many other North Island conservation and restoration projects.
He is Chair of the Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park Advisory Group, a trustee of the Rotokare (Taranaki) Sanctuary, and patron of the Aongatete Forest Restoration Trust and the Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society. He is also the elected Chair of the Australasian Chapter of the International Society of Restoration Ecology, was a member by appointment of the Minister of Conservation, of the Interim Oversight Group for the Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy and is currently a member of the Wildlife Act Review Strategic Oversight Group.