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8/10/19 Seeds for the Future forum – NSW
October 8 @ 7:45 am - 4:00 pm| $20 – $130
Optimising the conservation of remnants and regrowth requires us to also reconstruct linkages – but where will the seed come from?
Why we are getting together.
Whether you’re involved in planting 20 trees in a fragmented urban remnant or 2 million for a biodiversity offset, having access to a sufficient quantity of high-quality seed, from a broad range of species, is essential for restoring ecosystems that are healthy and resilient over the long-term.
Given development pressures, climate change and declining space for connectivity across the Greater Sydney Basin and beyond, there is an increasing need for restorationists, plant producers and landscape architects to collaborate on ensuring natives of the correct provenance and genetics are conserved as well as planted within urban spaces.
Who will be there.
The Seeds for the Future forum brings together people from the bush regeneration, revegetation, nursery and landscape architecture sectors to set the scene for future collaborations and introduces the insightful ‘Healthy Seeds’ project that is poised to offer practical solutions for all players.
What the day will hold.
The one-day forum will include in-depth discussion topics and a showcase of practical case studies that will provide background, identify issues and suggest solutions. The forum has been structured to ensure optimum delegate participation by including deliberation time at the end of each session, which will then inform an expert plenary panel to draw together the delegates concerns and create a roadmap to guide future strategies and investment across the Greater Sydney area.
If you can’t make it you can still experience it.
Money raised from ticket sales and donations to regenTV will enable the forum to be recorded and shared with those unable to attend on the day. Donations can be made here.
Session 1 – Setting the Scene
The keynote will be delivered by Ascelin Gordon – RMIT University
‘Restoration in the context of Offsetting’ . Using examples from the restoration of Cumberland Plain Woodland, Ascelin will discuss the uncertainties involved in restoration, and what this could mean in terms of offsetting, multipliers, and the scale required to produce resilient offsetting outcomes.
The grey-matter will be further engaged during throughout the morning session where thought provoking discussions, led by experts in the fields of restoration, seed provenance, seed production and offset planning, will explore the issues of seed diversity and supply and how the planning sector impacts and interacts across the Greater Sydney basin and beyond.
The thought provokers are:
- Tein McDonald – Australian Association of Bush Regenerators
- Martin Driver – Australian Network for Plant Conservation
Healthy Seeds – What’s needed? The current barriers and future opportunities – This presentation outlines the Healthy Seeds project, confirms the relevance of the National Native Seed Survey findings and will explore other issues that need to be addressed. From this and an extensive audit of the seed supply chain across NSW it is hoped to establish a Roadmap to assist in outlining how these issues can be addressed to improve the practice and supply of native seed in NSW.
- Paul Gibson-Roy – Healthy Seeds Reference Group
Session 2 – Putting theory into practice – Western Sydney example
- Greg Steenbeeke – Dept Planning Infrastructure Environment
- Sam Craigie – Greening Australia
Seed supply success and challenges – Experiences from the practical application of restoration by direct seeding on the Cumberland Plain. What makes it possible, what can be achieved and what are the challenges? There are a range of issues we need to address together to actively manage the threat of local biodiversity loss
Session 3 – Getting creative with seed supply
After lunch a series of short & snappy speed talks will provide food for thought on how local government, not-for-profits, Local Land Services and OEH have been addressing seed production and supply to ensure resilience in remnants and connectivity across the landscape
- Maree Whelan – Greater Sydney Local Land Services
Volunteering for growth –
- Katie Littlejohn – NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
- Michael Kneipp – Northern Beaches Council
- John Blair – Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW
Can ESBS be installed on green roofs? – With space for ecosystems limited in cities – is there potential for green roofs to be developed to supplement conservation? This potential research project will be trialing a number of species on a roof on University of NSW campus, obtaining genetic stock from Randwick Council’s community nursery.
The Expert panel & Plenary
Fully charged with information and ideas, the highlight of the forum will be the expert panel plenary discussion exploring the implications for practitioners, identifying the barriers and opportunities for achieving a reliable, genetically appropriate seed supply and assessing the costs and benefits of different interventions and developing a roadmap for the future
- Tim Berryman – Cumberland Plain Seeds
- Peter Cuneo – Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust
The Forum at a Glance
There are sponsorship opportunities available to suit businesses and organisations, large and small. A detailed sponsorship proposal is here.
Thank you to the sponsors who are making this event possible.
Gold Sponsor : Toolijooa Environmental Restoration,
This event is being co-hosted by the Australian Network for Plant Conservation and the Australian Association for Bush Regenerators (AABR), assisted by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust.