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Lefroy, EC, Conference overview, Proceedings, 20-23 October 2008, Toowoomba, Queensland, pp. 2-5. (2008) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]


Three themes of this conference were the progress that’s been made in recent years in achieving landscape scale restoration, the enormity of the challenges, and the promise of a ‘turbo-charged’ carbon future. Case studies of successful restoration efforts suggested several principles, introduced by the keynote speakers and reinforced by presentations throughout the conference. These were the importance of considering social and institutional as well as biophysical aspects of restoration, the value of partnerships between the private and public sectors, identifying mechanisms for change, and establishing clear value propositions for those in a position to act. Despite this, the lack of evidence of any net impact of restoration efforts at continental scale and the challenges presented by climate change had the potential to overwhelm any sense of success at local and regional scale. However two factors offered significant hope. The growth of the private sector as owners and managers of a significant private conservation estate, and the emergence of carbon markets. A message from several speakers was that we need a bold vision for the transformation of Australia’s landscapes and new alliances with some unfamiliar partners in industry and commerce to take advantage of these emerging opportunities.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:forest bluegum vegetation futures
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Natural resource management
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental protection frameworks (incl. economic incentives)
UTAS Author:Lefroy, EC (Professor Ted Lefroy)
ID Code:57680
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Centre for Environment
Deposited On:2009-08-06
Last Modified:2009-08-06

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