Experts gather for first time in a decade to share subtropical rainforest knowledge

Experts gather for first time in a decade to share subtropical rainforest knowledge

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09-Feb-2017

For the first time in 10 years, leading rainforest researchers and practitioners will gather on the Gold Coast to share their success stories and tactics for conservation of these special ecosystems at the Rainforests of Subtropical Australia (ROSA) Symposium.

Managers of rainforests from across south east Queensland and northern New South Wales are expected to gather for ROSA. Hosted by Healthy Waterways and Catchments, ROSA will take place on 23 – 24 March 2017 at the Robina Community Centre and Auditorium.

Keynote speakers include well known leaders in conservation practice and research such as Tim Low, Professor Roger Kitching, Professor Carla Catterall and Professor Ralf Buckley, together with over 30 other presenters. The presenters will be addressing themes of restoration, values, threatened species and climate change.

Biologist, environmentalist, and keynote speaker Tim Low said that “subtropical rainforests are abounding in information about how climate change was survived deep in the past, and how it may be survived in the future.”

Healthy Waterways and Catchments CEO, Ms Julie McLellan said that “hosting the ROSA Symposium is a great opportunity to bring together not only the scientific experts but also the many people who are working hard as part of community groups, governments or as landholders to protect the rainforests of our region.”

“It is important to share leading research, be inspired by case studies and network with others who have a deep interest and knowledge of the rainforests in our region. The last similar symposium was a decade ago and it is very exciting to be hosting this year’s event.”

“In South East Queensland, we are privileged to be home to World Heritage listed rainforests and an amazing diversity of other rainforests, some nationally threatened. These are places for people to experience wilderness and provide opportunities to contribute to local conservation success stories and important research” Ms McLellan said.

Further Symposium highlights include an entertaining dinner presentation by distinguished Professor Ian Lowe, and a question-and-answer style panel discussion on the sometimes fraught relationship between fire and rainforest, hosted by Ranger Tim Moore.

Anyone with an interest in the protection of the unique plants, animals and values of rainforests are encouraged to register for ROSA now as places are limited. Early bird registrations close on 15th February. 

The Rainforests of Subtropical Australia Symposium is brought to you by Healthy Waterways and Catchments, thanks to funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

For more information and to register visit rosa2017.eventbrite.com.au

 

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For media enquiries or to organise an interview please contact:

Heylee Menzies
T:(07) 3177 9100
E: hmenzies@seqcatchments.com.au

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