04 February 2010

FREE BACK COPIES OF APC: Join ANPC in February 2010

Join the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC) in February 2010 and receive 2 FREE back copies of Australasian Plant Conservation (APC). Becoming a member of ANPC will ensure that you keep in touch with the latest developments in plant conservation in Australia.

Member benefits include:

-Subscription to the ANPCs quarterly bulletin Australasian Plant Conservation

-Discounts for ANPC workshops, conferences and forums

-Discounted subscription to Ecological Management and Restoration (EMR)

If you would like to become a member download a membership form

Hurry - limited back copies of APC are available. Please mention ANPC News and your 2 free back copies in your membership form.

NEW REPORT: Riverina Bioregions 'River Red Gum Forests' Report

The NSW Natural Resources Commission (NRC) in December published its final assessment report and recommendations on the future of red gum and woodland forests in the Riverina bioregion (covering large parts of southern NSW and northern Victoria).

Recommendations from the NRC include:
Significant water reforms
Active interventions to manage forests
Trans-border national parks with coordinated adaptive management
New funding models for forests
Engagement with local communities
Maintaining human and social capital

Three parts of the report are downloadable from http://www.nrc.nsw.gov.au/:

ENVIRONMENTAL STATISTICS: Australia's Environment: Issues and Trends, Jan 2010 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

This 106 page publication (Special Edition: Climate Change) presents a broad selection of environmental statistics and information which illustrate topical environmental issues. The subject matter will vary in each issue, as new environmental issues emerge or more current data sources become available. While ABS data forms a core component of the statistical information, data from other government agencies, international organisations, industry, and individual researchers is also included. Value is added to these widely sourced datasets by bringing them together and analysing their import for selected environmental issues.

Each issue of the publication will explore some of the relationships that exist between our use of the natural environment in Australia for socioeconomic benefit and the impacts that some of these activities have on our ecology and stocks of natural resources. The publication aims to meet the information needs of a general readership. The publication can be downloaded from: www.abs.gov.au

BIODIVERSITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE: NSW Parliamentary Report on Biodiversity and Climate Change

The NSW Parliament’s Standing Committee on Natural Resource Management (Climate Change) in December released a report entitled ‘Return of the ark - The adequacy of management strategies to address the impacts of climate change on biodiversity.’ Thirty recommendations are made.

Chapters cover:
Impacts of climate change on biodiversity
Protection of biodiversity
Principles for biodiversity management
Maximising agency capacity to manage biodiversity
Managing biodiversity on public land (including the reserve system, travelling stock reserves, native forestry, and invasive species management
Managing biodiversity on private land (including conservation incentive schemes, and land-use planning).

The NSW Government's response to the Report is due on 3 June 2010. The Report (390kB, 135 pp.) can be downloaded at: www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/committee.nsf/V3ListReports

ANPC: Call for articles for Australasian Plant Conservation Vol. 18 (4) Theme: Wetlands and Plant Conservation

We are seeking articles for the March–May 2010 issue of Australasian Plant Conservation (APC), the bulletin of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC). The March–May 2010 issue will be on the theme Wetlands and Plant Conservation.

If you or your organization is involved in wetlands work that includes some aspect of conserving native vegetation or plant species, why not write an article for the issue? Relevant wetland activities could include (but are not confined to) planning, on-ground works (including rehabilitation or restoration), landscaping, conservation of threatened plant species or threatened ecological communities, maintaining ecosystem processes, plant-animal interactions etc. Wetlands can include those that are ephemeral, permanent wetlands, and (re)constructed wetlands. We are particularly interested in hearing about challenges you may have faced and/or overcome, outcomes achieved, adaptive management and lessons that may help others wanting to do similar work. Articles not on the wetlands theme are also very welcome.

Deadline for submissions for the March–May 2010 issue is 26 February 2010. Download the author guidelines from the ANPC website: http://www.anbg.gov.au/anpc/pdffiles/APCGuideContrib.pdf.