The conference programme will be guided by three overarching themes that are important to the conference’s focus on resilient future rangelands:
- Explore the big issues for rangeland management in times of changing markets, environments and societal expectations
- Identify opportunities for aligning policies to support the resilience of rangelands communities and environments
- Incorporate emerging technologies, new practices and innovative social arrangements in the rangelands
Proposed papers can address any of these themes through one or more of the following six topics.
1. Towards an integrated and improved approach to rangeland policy
- Investing for sustainable rangelands: what kind of investments are required? Carbon farming – implications for pastoral production and wildlife management; what should policies and strategies for sustainable investment look like? Drivers of investment and profile of investors
- Drought in rangelands: policy and practice, effects and solutions. What has changed since last time we needed drought policy, what are the consistent messages from science and policy from the past 50 years?
- Trends in tenure and landuse in Australian Rangelands
- What is the right policy mix for enabling rangelands managers to be adaptive and supported in the face of changing markets, social expectations and environments?
2. Rangeland management in practice
- Livelihood opportunities from new technologies, carbon farming, biodiversity management, and supporting other ecosystem services
- Innovative rangeland management for balancing conservation and production
- Practical insights in animal production, managing total grazing pressure and feral pests, enterprise management, preparing for drought and climate variability
- Stewarding Australia’s temperate and high-altitude rangelands: their importance, value and management (e.g. invasive pests and weeds)
- What is different about developing the northern rangelands?
3. People and partnerships for resilient rangelands
- Traditional knowledge and local knowledge: What do we have? What can we already say? What information can we combine to tell a story now? What do we need for monitoring, management and rangelands policy
- The role of women, the private sector, NGOs in biodiversity conservation, tourists, pastoralists and indigenous people in the future of our rangelands
- Monitoring of indigenous management practices and outcome; Indigenous Protected Areas – a mature success (case studies)
- Changing attitudes to climate change in the rangelands
- Communications, arts and humanities – different ways of seeing our rangelands
4. Australian rangeland expertise in the sustainable management of rangelands and drylands nationally and globally
- China-Australian rangelands connections – diverse and deep: at least one session will highlight these diverse connections
- The contribution of rangelands to meeting Australia’s/world’s climate targets; Climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation – challenges and solutions for rangelands
- Rangeland soils and their ecosystem services: what do we know? carbon sequestration, food security, land-based interventions for climate change adaptation/mitigation
- Planetary boundaries for rangelands and meat production
5. Integrating biodiversity conservation, culture and primary industries
- Promoting and measuring rangeland cultural and ecosystem services for livelihoods
- Multiple uses of rangelands: Monitoring pastoral land use compared to other land uses – is there a radical difference in land condition? Biodiversity? Production? Animal and human health? Community structure?
- Managing total grazing pressure, and native and exotic invasive pests and weeds
6. Challenging trends in rangeland management; how far have we come and where do we go from here
- Technologies for rangelands management and monitoring; challenges in turning increasingly available sensors and associated data streams (e.g. big data) into useful information and insights for management decisions
- Innovative management on the ground for conservation and/or production; improved business/tourism, opportunities in nature-based tourism; alternative livelihoods
- Making rangelands more secure: Are invasive species degrading our rangelands? Alternative management strategies of native and exotic invasives under a changing climate
- Connecting people to people and people to country: communities, markets, technology for resilient rangelands
- Strategic land management to balance livelihoods and broader community interests at landscape to national scales
Abstracts cannot be amended or replaced once the review process has commenced.
Abstract submissions close on Wednesday, 1 May 2019.