Meet Faculty member Regina Ostergaard-Klem, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Environmental Science Regina Ostergaard-Klem, Ph.D., was among the people of the state of Hawai‘i, welcoming more than 10,000 people from around the world to Honolulu in September 2016 for the IUCN World Conservation Congress. The Congress was held for the first time in the United States, and making it even more special, the location was Hawai‘i.
Representing HPU — an affiliate member of IUCN — Ostergaard-Klem worked with the host committee to provide a range of opportunities for the university’s faculty, staff and students to participate in the Congress. MA in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development student Emily Macri, who served as a volunteer for the Congress said, “it was empowering to sit in a crowd of individuals from all around the world who are really striving to make a difference for our planet.”
Ostergaard-Klem was able to sit in on the Members’ Assembly of the Congress, which included discussion focused on the establishment of IUCN mandates and the election of the IUCN Council and President.
“It was a chance to see history being made on environmental policies like marine protected areas, wildlife trafficking, and economic valuation of natural resources,” Ostergaard-Klem said.