ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

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2017 North East Environment Forum

Enviro ForumThe 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

Project design workshop

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.

Wings on King

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.

Edward-Wakool Fish Forum

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:

  • From Green to Black, an overview of water quality issues in 2016 including blue-green algae monitoring and the recent flooding and hypoxic blackwater - Dr Julia Howitt
  • Long term monitoring of fish populations in the Edward-Wakool River System - Dr Nicole McCasker
  • Fish movement in the Edward-Wakool System - Institute Adjunct and scientist with Fisheries NSW Dr Jason Thiem

Better Parks for People

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.

Forest gathering

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.


Queensland forum

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.


Mangrove decline

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:

  • the 37th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment in Tshwane, South Africa, May 8-12, where, as a joint author he presented a paper on mangrove decline in Kakadu National Park; and 
  • June 5-9 attended the Society of Wetland Scientists annual meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he gave a presentation on the die-back of mangroves in Kakadu National Park

Ramsar engagement

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: 

  • Attendance at the 20th meeting of the STRP (Scientific and Technical Review Panel) Gland, Switzerland, Feb 13-17. Main tasks were planning a report on the state of the world's wetlands as a "showpiece" for the next Ramsar Convention in Paris, late 2018, and contributions to a Ramsar report reviewing the application of Earth Observation, for wetland management.
  • Participation participated in a workshop at the Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, South America in June on the complexity of managing wetlands in the Caribbean related to efforts by Ramsar to develop a project in a number of Caribbean countries on the vulnerability of coastal wetlands.

Tour guides forum

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.

Myanmar project partnership opportunities

MyanmarProf 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.

Mayanmar meetingThe 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:

  • Migratory fish ecology and connectivity
  • Sustainable hydro-power
  • Irrigation systems and off-channel habitats
  • Integrated water resource management in Inle Lake 

The meeting was extremely productive and has set the scene for future international collaboration.