Resilient future rangelands: integrating environment and livelihoods
2-5 September 2019 | Canberra
Established 42 years ago, the Australian Rangeland Society returns to Canberra for its 20th biennial Conference in September 2019.
ARS is an independent and non-aligned association connecting people who care about improving sustainable management of natural resource, life and business in the rangelands.
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 mining is more than $50 billion, tourism is greater than $2 billion, and pastoralism and agriculture combined are worth $5 billion. There are limited national data for other products such as bush foods and rangeland timbers although the value of kangaroo production approaches $200 million.