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Attracting the unconverted to biodiversity conservation

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Dame Pattie Menzies House

16 Challis Street

Dickson, ACT 2602

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Australian Indigenous ecological practices have supported rich and unique ecosystems for millennia. Since European settlement many of Australia’s native ecosystems have been declining in scale, diversity and connecting while facing increasing threats of weed invasion, drought, fires and floods.

The decade of Landcare from 1989 to 1999 engaged an unprecedented number of Australians in biodiversity conservation which saw farmers, conservationists and individuals work together to plant trees, rehydrate landscapes and improve ecosystems. In more recent times, biodiversity legislation – which is a statutory requirement of development projects at local, state and national levels – is being weakened in many jurisdictions while funding for Landcare has steadily reduced. Many millennials and Gen Xers are increasingly also being locked out of housing markets and may not feel deeply connected to landscapes. In this context, how can we engage and support a new generation of biodiversity conservationists?

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INDUSTRY, SARAH GLAUERT, Aurecon, MEIANZ

RESEARCH, ANDREW CAMPBELL, Chair, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

CHAIR, CAROLYN CAMERON, Principal Cameron Strategies, MEIANZ

CERTIFIED ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTITIONERS WHO ATTEND THIS FORUM WILL ACCRUE CPD POINTS.

This interactive seminar series showcases perspectives on a common sustainability issue. Held bi-monthly, you’ll hear views from the ACT Government and from a private environment based expert. Each session will provide you with innovative ideas, targeted learning, professional development and networking. Environmental and other professionals across the ACT and surrounding region are encouraged to attend.

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