Leaky Landscapes - Biolinks Alliance 2021 symposium

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Climate proofing our landscapes and biodiversity - Practical approaches to soil absorption and techniques for fixing desertified landscapes

About this event

  • Tickets are FREE for all Biolinks Alliance Network Members and students (tickets must be purchased with a relevant organisation email address or student email)
  • General public tickets are $15
  • Government Agencies & Industry professionals are $50

This Symposium will be looking at practical approaches to fixing the damaged landscapes of central Victoria making them more absorbent (less leaky) and so more biologically productive and better able to withstand the impacts of climate change.

Restoring and climate proofing our environment is widely recognised as being essential to helping biodiversity adapt to climate change – but what is less well understood is how to do this.

Many of our natural systems are less healthy, biodiverse and productive than they once were, due to histories of degradation through gold mining, timber cutting and agriculture. Their soils are no longer porous enough to absorb rainfall so less water is available to the landscape and its food webs. Hotter, drier, more variable weather brought on by climate change is amplifying the ‘desertification’ of environments.

It will be a forum for researchers, conservation practitioners, landholders and land managers and interested community members to share information and experiences, form connections and develop collaborative and strategic approaches to ecosystem restoration that specifically aim to restore and climate-proof damaged landscapes by rebuilding soil health and water holding capacity for carbon, hydrology, productivity and biodiversity (improved habitat/resources for threatened species) benefits.

Even though we might feel that urgent global action on emissions reduction is out of our hands, there are things we can do to better prepare our backyards and local landscapes for the worst impacts of Climate Change.

This forum showcases 21st century strategies and practical case studies that has been largely missing from policy debates about local environment climate change mitigation. There is so much more that needs to be done and can be done if we work together effectively to make it happen.

It will bring together leading researchers, exemplar projects and interested practitioners in a two-day event exploring the science and practice of improving the hydrological function of landscapes, in order to support people to take practical actions to building climate resilience in their local regions.

Friday 8th October 2021 - online via Zoom

Keynote presentations including audience Q&A

  • Dr David Tongway - “The application of Landscape Function Analysis (LFA) to the Restoration of Disturbed Landscapes”
  • Dr Jon Fawcett - CDM Smith, "Understanding hydrological and sub-soil dynamics"
  • Professor Dave Watson - Charles Sturt University,  “Facilitating recovery: marshalling food web dynamics and engaging landholders to keep our woodlands thriving”
  • Darren Dougherty - Regrarians, "Global Examples of Regenerative Agroecology in Ecosystem Restoration"
  • David Eldridge - “Harnessing the activity of soil disturbing animals to restore degraded woodlands”

Regenerative agriculture workshop including audience Q&A

Regenerative agriculture has been at the forefront of the development of systems and tools to restore water-availability and soil health of landscapes - seeking techniques that require reading how ecosystems and landscapes function and working with natural processes to repair them. This workshop will showcase exemplary properties and projects that have undertaken rehydration and restoration works in production settings. How can regenerative agriculture be a meaningful part of the solution to Australia’s biodiversity crisis, will be a key focus of discussion in the workshop.

Presenters:

  • Gillian Sanbrook - Farmer - Regenerative agriculture at Bibbaringa
  • Justin Weaver - Farmer & President Holistic Farm Management Group -
  • Graeme Hand - Educator, Hand for the Land: ‘Safe to Fail’ practices strips, an experimental approach to implementing regenerative grazing
  • Peter Hazell, Principal Landscape Planner The Mulloon Institute - Mulloon Rehydration Initiative, a catchment scale rehydration project

Remnant habitat workshop  including audience Q&A

This workshop showcases ecological restoration projects designed to repair the hydrological function, soil health and associated biodiversity of damaged ‘natural’ bushland that has been highly altered by past land uses. Under discussion will be practical approaches for restoration, learnings from trials and how trials can be scaled-up for greater impact at landscape scales.

Presenters:

  • Dr Peter Mitchell -  Restoration of the Australian Light Horse Memorial Park
  • Shane Monk and Paul Foreman - Spring Plains Watershed Repair project
  • Gary Hendy - Practitioner at Treehead Quarters
  • Speaker tbc - Parks Victoria's Box Ironbark Ecological Thinning Trials. 

Why are we charging for an online event?

The symposium is Biolinks Alliance’s principal annual event, and the ticket cost is simply to cover our expenses for staging the event. We endeavour to seek corporate sponsorship wherever possible to cover the majority of the costs which we have gratefully received this year from the City of Greater Bendigo.

Ticket prices have been tiered with the aim to keep the price low for participants who are mostly volunteers from our network member organisations and students.

Symposium Objectives

  • Promote understanding of the leaky landscapes concept and the underlying concepts of ecosystem function;
  • Showcase the need to promote and apply new 21st century conservation thinking based on concepts of ecosystem and landscape function;
  • Demonstrate the synergies between such functional thinking and traditional indigenous cosmologies and practices and the shared goal of ‘healing country’;
  • Raise the profile of the need for landscape-scale restoration approaches that address hydrological dysfunction in the grassland, woodland and forest ecosystems of central Victoria ‘desertified’ by historic and current unsustainable land uses;
  • Profile practical interventions/techniques and show how current and emerging cost-effective options are available to combat ‘desertification’ and mitigate local environments against climate change;
  • Showcase exemplar projects (historic and current)
  • Facilitate new partnerships between the research community, conservation community, as well as conservation projects/practitioners for increased coordinated and strategic conservation action

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