Australasian Plant Conservation
Originally published in Australasian Plant Conservation 14(1), June - August 2005
Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, CSIRO Plant Industry
Effective plant conservation happens through
interactions between various contributors, including land managers and
landholders, community groups, government agencies, industry, researchers and
on-ground practitioners. Through hosting a national conference on aspects of
plant conservation and strategic directions every couple of years, ANPC aims to
bring together these groups with different skill sets, providing the venue for
effective exchange of information and network development.
The 2005 ANPC
National Conference, Plant Conservation: The Challenges of Change, is
to be held in Adelaide from 26th September to 1st October, hosted jointly with
the South Australian Department for Environment and Heritage and the Botanic
Gardens of Adelaide. Four symposium themes have been recognised to tease out the
challenges we are facing in plant conservation into the future:
- Extreme policy changes
- Urban ecology
- Using revegetation to achieve ecological outcomes
- Indigenous interests in conservation.
The conference program includes two days of
scientific program, a field day and two days of workshops, several of which have
arisen from feedback provided by participants in various workshops during the
The program is shaping up with some stimulating
papers. REGISTER NOW to play your part and contribute ideas for a strong
presence and good conservation outcomes.
ANPC's workshops on Translocation of Threatened Plants are proving to be popular and appear
to be approaching the subject with the right balance of theory and practical
applications to provide the participants with real implementation strategies.
As mentioned in my report in the last issue of APC, the NSW Environmental Trust
has supported ANPC to run three of these workshops in regional areas of NSW.
Two of these have already taken place, with one in Queanbeyan (May 18) and
another recently held in Newcastle (July 28) with over 40 participants, many of
whom were environmental consultants of each, in addition to staff of state
government agencies, local councils, land managers and representatives of NGOs.
This particular workshop also attracted some media attention. The third
translocation workshop for NSW will be held in Coffs Harbour on August 30, and
another will be run in association with the National Conference in Adelaide on
We also mentioned earlier the workshops on
approaches & techniques for Rehabilitation and Management of Disturbed Native
Vegetation. The first of these was held in Armidale 19-20 July with 103
participants from as far north as Queensland and south to Sydney, and
representing a wide range of constituencies - community groups, environmental
consultants, government agencies, CMAs, local government and those from NGOs, or
with weeds interest or landholders. The feedback on the workshop has been
positive with indication that focusing on the knowledge and skills required to
undertake ecological rehabilitation and management
of disturbed native vegetation is filling a void for the practitioner.
Another two rehabilitation workshops will be
held in New South Wales:
- Wagga Wagga: 14-15 September
- Dubbo: 25-26 October
The last of these will be followed by a Grass
Identification techniques workshop in Dubbo on 27 October.
Details for all three workshops are on the ANPC
edition of APC on "Conservation of Cryptogams" includes several very interesting
articles raising awareness of the role different cryptogams play in ecosystem
functioning, much of which has been taken for granted in the past, and remains
poorly understood. The ANPC greatly appreciates sponsorship towards this issue
of Australasian Plant Conservation from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.