FTLA Members and friends are invited to come along to the 2011 Annual Forum and AGM.
This years forum includes a variety of speakers and workshops.
Alexandra Gartmann: Landcare - the old, the new and the yet to be thought of
WORKSHOP SESSION 1
Professor Allan Curtis: Community-based NRM in Victoria: contributing to dialogue, learning and action
This presentation covers the key findings from the 2009 survey of all Victorian community-based natural resource management groups and networks (CBNRM). Survey findings were first published in mid-2010 and the technical report is available on Allan’s web page.
The survey is part of a long-term collaboration between Professor Curtis and The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE). The aim was to gather quantitative data that would enable assessment of the contribution and health of the CBNRM groups (including networks) in Victoria, with reference to survey data collected since 1995.
Landcare Talkback: Moderated by Brett De Hayr, this session gives FTLA members and friends the opportunity to discuss the direction that we would like the FTLA to go, and Landcare more generally in a positive and friendly atmosphere.
WORKSHOP SESSION 2
Rowan Reid: Farm Trees for Conservation and Profit
Agroforestry is not about timber plantation on farms. Agroforestry is the integration of trees into the farming landscape for whatever reasons farmers want – and most of farmers want trees to enhance agricultural production, protect soil and water, attract biodiversity and make the farm more attractive. If they can also produce high quality timber or other commercial products would be a bonus.
Karen Alexander: Capacity assessment of local groups; marketing to ‘light greens’ – findings and discussion
Karen Alexander is the team leader for the Victoria Naturally Alliance. The alliance is made up of nine environment groups led by the Victorian National Parks Association and was created to help restore the health of Victoria’s biodiversity. It includes the Australian Conservation Foundation, Bird Observation and Conservation Australia, Bush Heritage Australia, Environment Victoria, Greening Australia (Vic), Invasive Species Council, The Wilderness Society, Trust for Nature and the Victorian National Parks Association. The Alliance operates with a three year MOU which will be renewed this year. Funding for the Alliance comes from member organisations and from philanthropy.
Recent projects include i) a case study over 30 years on the investment required to change land use on 10% of private land from cropping/grazing to biodiversity/carbon and the potential revenue from the carbon as well as the net impact on regional economies and jobs (conclusions: carbon pays for the biodiversity; no loss of jobs but a diversification of jobs); ii) Working with local groups in three areas we did a capacity assessment of local groups and some market research on how to attract ‘light greens’ to their events. See www.victorianaturally.org.au for reports and to sign on to our monthly ebulletin.
CARING FOR OUR COUNTRY
Michelle Lauder: Business Plan and Review
The invitation appears below and includes details of the program.
Please contact us for a registration form (and nomination form if applicable).
03) 9207 5527