The second annual North East Forum Environment Forum was held May 25, 2017 at CSU's Wangaratta study centre. Once again ILWS teamed with partners – North East Catchment Management Authority, Trust for Nature, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and Parks Victoria – to present a successful forum with 76 attendees.This year's forum theme was "Connecting People with Nature". More
In May Dr Lee Baumgartner participated in a two day sustainable diversion limit project design workshop with the North Central CMA. The purpose of the workshop, in Cohuna, Victoria, was to determine the best outcomes for fish and vegetation in Cameron's Creek should planned works go ahead.
Professor David Watson was part of the "The Wings on King Seminar and launch – a celebration of the birds on King Island and why we need them" event, April 27-30, King Island. Professor Watson gave a presentation on "Boosting biodiversity AND the bottom-line—achieving win-win outcomes with conservation farming: The benefits of managing both simultaneously" and led a workshop on 'Defragging King Island' How to maintain/increase biodiversity and improve land management while sustaining a strong agricultural industry'. The event was held to launch an island wide restoration initiative on King Island.
Three members of the Edward-Wakool LTIM team gave presentations at the annual Edward-Wakool Fish Forum held at the Barham and District Services Club, Barham on the evening of February 16. Around 80 people attended the forum.The forum is a collaboration of Murray Local Land Services, NSW Department of Primary Industries Fisheries, Charles Sturt University and the National Landcare Program. Topics were:
Dr Rachel Whitsed gave a presentation "Better Parks for People: development of a spatial tool to better plan parks for older residents" at a "Developing age-friendly rural communities: sharing international and local learnings" forum at LaTrobe University, February 14. Dr Whitsed is the lead researcher on the "Better Parks for People" (2016-2017) project funded by FACS NSW Liveable Communities. The forum was sponsored by the Transforming Human Societies RFA 2017 Visiting Fellow Program.
Professor Robyn Watts and Dr Julia Howitt gave a presentation on the Koondrook-Perricoota Floodplain Runoff project with a focus on carbon, blackwater and hypoxia, at a symposium on February 8 at Moama, NSW, as part of the 'Connecting the dots at Koondrook-Perricoota Forest' 2017 Gathering. The project has been jointly funded by the Forestry Corporation of NSW, ILWS and CSU's Faculty of Science.
Dr Lee Baumgartner attended the "Doing well by doing good –Queensland's Impacts & Benefits in Agricultural Research", a Crawford Fund Queensland Forum and Networking Reception, at Queensland's Parliament House, February 14.
Professor Max Finlayson is a member of the Global Mangrove Watch, an Alliance whose purpose is to provide an update on the change in global mangrove cover since 1995. He attended:
Institute Director Professor Max Finlayson, as a member of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands Scientific and Technical Review Panel, is involved regularly in its meetings and workshops. These include:
Associate professor Rosemary Black was invited to present a keynote on "Researching tour guides and guiding: Mapping the past, charting the future" as the International Research Forum for Guided Tours, held in March at Roskilde University, near Copenhagen, Denmark. This conference held bi-annually brings together researchers, students and practitioners interested in tour guides and guiding.
Prof Ken Irvine from Delft-IHE, The Netherlands, and Prof Doug Shaw from The Nature Conservancy, Minnesota, USA were among the international visitors in Albury Feb 7-9 to discuss Myanmar project partnership opportunities. Also in attendance were Dr John Conallin (from Delft-IHE and co-organiser/facilitator with Dr Lee Baumgartner) and Institute Adjuncts Dr Martin Mallen-Cooper, from Fishway Consulting Services and Dr Tim Marsden from Australasian Fish Passage Services.
The ILWS hosted workshop brought together experts with specialties in economic development, fisheries, sediment, river flow, wetlands, sustainable development, to consider opportunities for Basin scale planning for Myanmar. The team from spent three days in detailed discussions regarding potential research priorities on water and land development issues in Myanmar. They settled on four thematic areas for further development:
The meeting was extremely productive and has set the scene for future international collaboration.