Resilient future rangelands: integrating environment and livelihoods

The 20th biennial Conference of the Australian Rangeland Society was held from 2-5 September 2019, in Canberra

Oral presentations, posters, world café sessions, conversations that matter and interventions at the plenaries explored the big issues for rangeland management in times of changing markets, environments and societal expectations. The Conference discussed policies to support the resilience of rangelands communities and environments; and how to incorporate emerging technologies, new practices and innovative social arrangements in the rangelands. It also highlighted the value of Australian research and practice internationally.

Key findings from the 2.5 days discussion can be downloaded here.

They will also feature together with other conference papers in a special issue of The Rangeland Journal.

Thank you to all participants, speakers and sponsors for making the Conference a success.

Why does this matter?

Australia’s rangelands cover more than 70% of the country. More commonly known as the ‘outback’, rangelands are home to many of Australia’s Indigenous people. They are culturally important to all Australians and a key component of Australia’s identity.

The rangelands make a significant contribution to Australia’s economy. Annual gross revenue from pastoralism and agriculture combined are worth $5 billion and tourism is greater than $2 billion. Consequently it is worth having these lands working well, for the sake of their own communities, but also for the sake of the nation.