September 2015: Climate change, biodiversity and conservation
- How plants and animals respond to climate change [pdf 1mb] Dr Ceridwen (Crid) Fraser, Senior Lecturer Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU
- Adaptation Pathways: Re-thinking conservation in the face of transformational climate change [pptx 3.7mb] Michael Dunlop, CSIRO
August 2015: We’ll always have Paris, but local communities are leading on climate
- Update on ACT’s progress to meeting our 40% emissions reduction target by 2020, including 90% renewable energy Sean Rooney, Executive Director, Sustainability & Climate Change, ACT Environment & Planning Directorate
July 2015: Water catchments in the ACT
- Management of the Lower Cotter Catchment [pptx 16.8mb] – Emeritus Prof Ian Falconer explored the management of the drinking water catchment illustrated from the Auditor-General’s report Restoration of the Lower Cotter Catchment
- ACT Basin Priority Project Canberra Clean Water [pptx 3.1mb] – Matt Kendall, Basin Priority Team, ACT Environment and Planning Directorate on the Water Management Partnership Agreement between the ACT and the Commonwealth on ‘Improving long term water quality in the ACT and the Murrumbidgee River system’
June 2015: renewable energy
Presenters spoke without electronic aids!
May 2015: Biodiversity monitoring in the ACT
|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|
Presentations will be posted soon.
April 2015: proposed West Belconnen development — Riverview
There were three presentations:
- Frank Fenner Foundation (Professor Stephen Boyden) – two attachments: essential characteristics of biosensitivity and proposal for a Life Centre
- Ginninderra Falls Association (Chris Watson and Robyn Coghlan) – Urban footprint, tourist hub and conservation corridors
- West Belconnen Project overview (David Maxwell and Tony Adams) – Project overview (72 slides) [PDF 7MB]
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.
- The Nature Conservation Act 2014 Mar2015 (pptx 3.1Mb)
- Threatened Species Commissioner – Conservation Council ACT 26 Mar (pptx 2.1Mb)
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:
- Shaping Policies on Active Transport — Pedal Power ACT’s Perspective Jeff Ibbotson and John Armstrong (Pedal Power) [PDF 2.1MB]
- Increasing Active Travel in Canberra — Anthony Burton, (Active Living Coordinator, Heart Foundation, ACT) [PDF 4.2MB]
- Living Streets Active Transport — Leon Arundell (Living Streets Canberra) [PDF 7.8MB]
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.