Finding the Balance
"It seems increasingly clear that unless we re-weight the balance between economic activity and what remains of our heritage, priceless natural and human assets will be lost forever and our well-being further compromised." Winthrop Professor Carmen Lawrence.
A keynote address by respected Natural Resource Management (NRM) advocate Dr Carmen Lawrence will stimulate and inspire delegates, and lead a strong line-up of guest and regional speakers at the State NRM Conference to be held in Mandurah 21-23 September.
With a focus to drive sustainable action into the future, the conference theme Finding the Balance: Healthy Environment, Productive Economy, will promote critical thought and challenge society's growing struggle with the restoration and protection of our environment - with a swelling population underpinned by economic desires.
Co-convenor of the State NRM Conference Committee Dr Kathleen Broderick said it was timely that the event would be held in the Peel-Harvey Region that is currently undergoing vigorous long term planning.
"People often think of trade-offs but finding the balance among the environmental, cultural, agricultural, social and economic needs of communities for long-term sustainability is not desirable, it is essential, and we all play a part", said Dr Broderick.
"This imperative is not confined to the Peel -Harvey but affects every community in the State. The conference program will present thought provoking ideas, showcase successful on-ground programs and introduce a range of transferable projects being implemented throughout NRM Regions."
Other features of the event include Dr Denis Saunders, from the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, who will take delegates on a journey through a period of change in rural landscapes and society's expectations of land managers. Dr Saunders will consider how we can best support land managers to protect natural heritage for the long term.
National guest speaker Dawn Hawthorn Jackson will provide an understanding and appreciation of Indigenous people's connection to country and offer insights into successful engagement based on South Australian case studies.
Co-convenor John Holley said the conference will inspire, inform, educate and promote new workplace initiatives and is a must for NRM practitioners and our Landcare community.
The full conference program can be viewed at nrmconferencewa.com.au and registrations are now open. For more information contact Keynote Conferences on 9361 3224.