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Connecting People, Connecting Nature conference

18 October 2022, 8:30 am - 19 October 2022, 5:00 pm AEST

*This event has now ended. To view the conference presentations, head to www.ger.org.au/gerconnect22-presentations/ *
Join leading local and international experts at this two-day, high-level event to learn about the science and practice of connectivity conservation, and how it can help meet our planetary challenges.

Hosted by the Great Eastern Ranges (GER), this event is an opportunity to hear from key connectivity conservation experts from Australia and around the world, and to share knowledge, tools and lessons learnt with dozens of organisations working in large landscape conservation.

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View speaker biographies here. 

The conference will take the focus from global context to local action, bringing together industry leaders with on-ground practitioners, researchers, traditional owners, community groups, eNGOs and government agencies.

Presentations and Q&A panel sessions will inspire through practical examples of connectivity in action and will cover a diversity of topics around the current state of connectivity, the latest science and best practice, and how to move beyond business-as-usual conservation.

The first day of the conference will be followed by an evening networking function sponsored by our partner, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Australia, in the foyer area of the Queensland Multicultural Centre.

Tickets available from $250 – $450  Click here to secure your spot via Eventbrite.

Keynote speakers

Dr Gary Tabor

Founder and President of the Centre for Large Landscape Conservation, and Chair of the IUCN WCPA Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group

Dr Gary Tabor is an American environmentalist with over 30 years’ experience working on behalf of connectivity conservation initiatives internationally. This has included co-founding a number of foundations, such as Yellowstone to Yukon and the Centre for Large Landscape Conservation. Tabor is known for his role as a catalyst in forwarding progress through large landscape conservation, pioneering the fields of Conservation Medicine and EcoHealth, and advising agencies and organisations about contemporary environmental issues.

Prof Brendan Mackey

Director, Climate Action Beacon, Griffith University, Queensland

Prof Mackey has published extensively on the science of connectivity conservation including landmark reports, book chapters and journal articles. He served on the IUCN Council from 2009-2016 and was a Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC 6th Assessment Report on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation. Brendan is Director of the Climate Action Beacon at Griffith University, Queensland

Other speakers include:

  • Bob Debus AO, former NSW Environment Minister and Chair of Great Eastern Ranges
  • Jimmiel Mandima, IFAW’s Vice President for Global Programs
  • Dr Jody Gunn, CEO of the Australian Land Conservation Alliance (ALCA)
  • Ricky Archer, CEO of the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA)
  • Dr Rebecca Spindler, Executive Manager, Science and Conservation, Bush Heritage Australia
  • James Forbes, CEO of Jane Goodall Institute Australia
  • Professor Robyn Alders AO, grazier, Chair of Upper Lachlan Branch of NSW Farmers Federation and Senior consulting fellow with the Chatham House Global Health Program
  • Professor James Aronson, Co-founder of the Ecohealth Network and senior scientist at the Missouri Botanical Gardens

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18 October 2022, 8:30 am AEST
19 October 2022, 5:00 pm AEST


Great Eastern Ranges
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Queensland Multicultural Centre
102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
Brisbane, Queensland 4169 Australia
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