2015 Environment Exchanges

September 2015: Climate change, biodiversity and conservation

August 2015: We’ll always have Paris, but local communities are leading on climate

 July 2015: Water catchments in the ACT

June 2015: renewable energy

Presenters spoke without electronic aids!

May 2015: Biodiversity monitoring in the ACT

Time Topic Presenter
12:00 Introduction Conservation Council
12:05 Parks and Conservation Service (PCS) commitment to monitoring – CEMP and ecological integrity Daniel Iglesias (PCS) [no electronic presentation]
12:10 International and interstate approaches to biodiversity monitoring programs – Ecological Integrity PhD Partnership Kelly Dixon (Fenner School)
12:20 ACT Nature Conservation Act 2014 – Biodiversity Research and Monitoring Program Heather Tomlinson (Environment and Planning Directorate (EPD))
12:25 EPD Conservation Research Unit – Overview and current research priorities Margaret Kitchin (EPD)
12:30 Habitat management for Grassland Earless Dragons [PDF 4.2mb] Maree Gilbert (PCS)
12:35 Monitoring weed control effectiveness [pptx 4.2mb] Steve Taylor (PCS)
12.45 Discussion over lunch (sandwiches served)
13:15 Community monitoring case study: Monitoring Orchids Following Control Burn [pptx 3.1mb] Friends of Mt Painter: Cath Busby, John Busby
13:10 PCS Conservation Effectiveness Monitoring Program Ben Stevenson
13:40 Moving forward – Open discussion Facilitated by Conservation Council
14:30 Close

Presentations will be posted soon.

April 2015: proposed West Belconnen development — Riverview

There were three presentations:

There was good attendance and active engagement in the discussion. Two particular matters were identified for future workshop discussion topics (not necessarily Environment Exchange): water sensitive urban design and the Riverview development; offsets on offsets – how can they happen?

March 2015: ACT Conservator of Flora and Fauna and Federal Threatened Species Commissioner

This Environment Exchange had two key government officials who have some responsibility for our local biodiversity: the ACT Conservator Annie Lane and Australian Government Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews.

February 2015: active transport

The Conservation Council presented some context for active transport in the ACT [PDF 1MB]. Speakers presented on various aspects of active transport:

 January 2015: Canberra’s Cats: Pets or Pests?

This first Environment Exchange on Canberra’s Cats: Pets or Pests? featured Michael Mulvaney and Kathy Eyles, authors of Background Paper: Responsible Pet Ownership and the Protection of Wildlife, Mr Robert Neil, ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment and Briony Papps, Conservation Council ACT Region.