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Tuesday 12th September – what to expect

Conference Program, Tuesday 12th September

Day 2 of the 2017 conference will include a formal welcome followed by Keynote presentations from speakers Jodie Bricout and Keith Bradby followed by a panel session and lunch.

In the afternoon, delegates will divide for concurrent sessions on the four conference streams and then re-convene for a plenary session from Vicki-Jo Russell.

Keynote Session – From Global to Local: Innovations in Landcare

Jodie Bricout, Senior Sustainability Specialist with lifecycles.com.au

The circular economy

A “circular” economy refers to an improved economic system driven by renewable energy and an imperative to keep material resources ‘circulating’ for as long as possible. It contrasts with the inherently wasteful traditional linear economic system of ‘take, make, use and dispose’. The idea is gaining momentum internationally, with many countries and businesses already adopting circular economy principles to guide economic and environmental policies and practices.

The recently released study ‘Creating value, the potential benefits of a Circular Economy in South Australia’ provides initial insights into how South Australia could create jobs and reduce carbon emissions in an innovative and sustainable way. Using broad assumptions about a more circular economy, the report conservatively estimates that by 2030, compared to a business as usual scenario, a Circular Economy could create an additional 25,700 full time equivalent jobs in South Australia, whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 27%.

The importance of caring for our land here in South Australia is overlaid with a supply chain approach in a circular economy. Instead of looking at only ‘our patch’, the whole life cycle of products and services is assessed, from growing food through to manufacturing, packaging and distribution, to ultimately what happens in people’s fridges and restaurants. At every step we focus on how to add more economic and environmental value, whilst looking at the impacts across the whole system.

So what could this mean for agricultural systems at farm, local and regional scales? Comprehensive and collaborative approaches are needed to tackle growing resource scarcity, driving the efficient use of those resources through the supply chain. Key resources from agricultural commodities to water and plastics need to be managed as cycles rather than as conventional linear supply chains, turning today’s challenges into tomorrow’s values.

Using case studies from home and abroad, we will look at how companies are working in partnerships to use their resources effectively, ‘cascade’ their wastes and co-products into animal feed, fertiliser and energy, prevent food waste, all while creating job opportunities and adding value to business.

Keith Bradby – Cheif Executive Officer of Gondwana Link Ltd and Chair WA Landcare Network Inc

Achieving even more innovation and diversity through landcare

While it is good to celebrate the many achievements of our 30 years of landcare in Australia, the environmental and social gains we have made are at risk of being overwhelmed by larger forces – including the relentless loss of once common species from fragmented landscapes, the increasing impact of global climate change, growing more food often for less return and the social changes underway as many farms grow bigger than families can manage.  Once again, a wave of innovation, diversification and transformative change is clearly needed.

So this presentation will explore what seems to be the common elements for programs achieving transformative change at scale – having the courage to pitch at the ‘audacious but achievable’ level, creating the conditions in which innovation occurs and is adopted, finding funds for the risk taking that is needed, and building on a quality South Australia is a recognised leader in – cross sector collaboration and effective partnerships. Let’s also explore what success is looking like for the African Landcare Network, what working at scale looks like in New Zealand, the arrival of US style environmental philanthropy in Australia and the support for enterprise change coming from impact investors, and maybe even from major banks.

And let’s ask the hard question of how we enter an era of transformative landcare while retaining the qualities that have made landcare so enduring – the warmth and trust of personal relationships, the feet on the ground, the growth through tangible achievement, the commitment to place, and the tenacity that keeps us going when the money dries up for a bit.

Plenary Session

Vicki-Jo Russell, Revegetation Services Manager, Trees for Life

The Nature of South Australia – an innovative partnership approach

Over the past 50 years we have experienced unprecedented changes in global environmental, social and economic systems – so much so that the period has been referred to as ‘The Great Acceleration’. Many scientists and commentators believe we have entered a new geological era – the Anthropocene – in which the world has shifted beyond historic experience and limits and where human activity is now a key system driver.

These changes will have uncertain consequences for nature and natural systems in South Australia. While we have limited control over globally-driven changes, we do have a choice about how we respond to what is happening in our own backyard. The extent of change urges us to rethink our relationship with nature and how we should prioritise our work moving forward, with the role of our pre-European perspectives of nature a case in point.

While challenging to many of us this critical dilemma opens up opportunities to think differently and with renewed purpose to ensure we create a positive future for South Australia’s landscapes and our communities.

The Nature of SA is a sector-wide partnership that has come together to support positive change in our approach to nature conservation. The collaboration is exploring the State’s future biodiversity goals and approach, and how we talk differently about: nature’s value, working together, and fostering our capacity to have the greatest impact.

These shifts were explored at a sector-wide forum in February and over the next 12 months the partners are looking to support examples of them in action and take the conversation broader to other sectors that influence or are influenced by natural resource management in this South Australia.

The Nature of SA is sponsored by Sandy Pitcher, CEO DEWNR, Craig Wilkins, CEO Conservation SA, and Sharon Starick and Professor Chris Daniels on behalf of the NRM Presiding Members. The strategy group is co-chaired by Vicki-Jo Russell and Vicki Linton on behalf of the Nature eNGO Alliance and DEWNR.

The address will examine the thinking and approach behind The Nature of SA, the shifts proposed, and the relevance to our daily work on the ground.

Conference Dinner – SOLD OUT

In the evening, the conference dinner will be held at the Clare Country Club. The 2017 South Australian Landcare Awards and Premier’s NRM Excellence Award will be presented at the dinner.

Special guests: His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, and his wife Mrs Lan Le.

Tickets for the Conference Dinner have sold out.  If you missed out on a ticket and you would like to be added to a waiting list, please contact Glenn Gale by email execofficer@landcaresa.asn.au