Professor Max Finlayson, who chairs the Environmental Strategy Advisory Panel for the Winton Wetlands, attended a meeting of the panel in June at the wetlands to begin planning for the Winton Wetlands Annual Forum in August.
Professor Max Finlayson, Dr Lee Baumgartner and Dr Jennifer Bond had a planning meeting with representatives from the National Agricultural Productivity and Reconciliation Ecology Centre (NAPREC) at the Albury-Wodonga campus in March. NAPREC, a community-initiative based in Deniliquin, is planning a conference later this year in Deniliquin.
Dr Julia Howitt gave a presentation to the Murray and Lower Darling Environmental Water Advisory group on February 7, 2017 in Deniliquin. Her presentation "Monitoring ecosystem responses to the delivery of environmental water in the Edward-Wakool system" focused on both the algal bloom and the hypoxic blackwater event that occurred in the system in 2016.
As its Independent Scientist, Professor Max Finlayson attended meetings of the Lake Cowal Foundation in February, May and June.
In June Professor Max Finlayson had a meeting in Canberra with the former Australian Governor General Major General The Hon. Michael Jeffery and Ashley Bland, from SkillSet in Bathurst, and others to develop a national level Sustainability Indicator.
On June 20 Professor Max Finlayson took part in a webinar on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6.6 which is about determining change in wetlands at the global scale.
In June Dr Lee Baumgartner and adjunct Professor Martin Mallen-Cooper participated in a scoping tour of Xayaburi Dam, the first mainstem dam to be constructed on the Lower Mekong River, northern Laos. The trip was a collaborative effort between Australian and USA scientists to advise on a monitoring program that will be implemented when the dam becomes operational in 2019. The visit occurred by invitation of the Xayaburi Power Company Limited.
Dr Wayne Robinson worked at the Panthera office in Cali, Columbia for five weeks in April and May helping to process and analysing numerous data sets the NGO, which is working to save jaguars, has accumulated over the past several years.
As 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, Professor Max Finlayson had video conference meetings in March and June.
Institute Director Professor Max Finlayson was one of the contributors to, and amount the 200 signatories of, the San Juan Statement on Climate Change posted by the Society of Wetland Scientists in June. The Statement supports the importance of international frameworks for addressing climate change and recognises the role that wetlands play in the carbon cycle.
Professor Max Finlayson had a Skype conference, April 10, with the Institute for Wetland Research, China Academy of Forestry to discuss a proposal for a submission under the China Mega Research Initiative. The project is on wetland restoration and management.
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:
As the treasurer of Guiding Organisations Australia, Associate Professor Rosemary Black represented Australia at the 17th International Convention of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) with the convention theme of "Iran: Friendly faces, open arms, ancient cultures, timeless charms" held January 28 to February 1, in Tehran, Iran.