Private Land Conservation Forum for Landholders

August 29, 2024
August 30, 2024
Albury-Wodonga

Our Natural Legacy: Private Land Conservation Forum for Landholders

 

It’s no secret that Australian landholders love nature and play an important role in looking after it.  With 60% of Australian land privately owned or managed, it presents a big opportunity to turn the tide on nature loss.

 

Across the country there are already thousands of landholders who choose to manage their natural or productive landscapes in a way that benefits nature. Some enter into a legal agreement to protect the biodiversity on their land – usually called a ‘conservation covenant’. Others engage in activities such as tree planting, weed management, or wildlife monitoring to restore biodiversity and habitat.

 

This forum serves as a platform for landholders from different regions and states to learn from and connect with each other, and share their priorities with key organisations.

 

Who should attend?

Whether you’re already involved in looking after nature on the land in your care and eager to connect with others, or simply ‘conservation curious’ and want to know more about what’s involved and how it can benefit both natural and productive landscapes, this forum is for you!

 

Through field trips, panel talks, and plenty of networking time with other landholders, as well as specialist practitioners, and land conservation organisations, attendees will:

 

  • Gain insights into the state of nature and private land conservation’s achievements.
  • Hear first hand stories from landholders improving landscape resilience, diversifying farming income, and helping threatened species recover.
  • Explore cultural perspectives on conservation through discussions with First Nations partners.
  • Learn about the mental health benefits of land conservation activities and practical tips for self-care.
  • Contribute to shaping a national network of landholders influencing change.

 

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Why is this event important?

Private land conservation is a critical part of creating a healthy and resilient Australia. By bringing landholders together at a cross-border scale, this event provides an opportunity to learn from each other, network and build connections, and provide feedback to land management organisations with state and national influence.

 

The forum is part of Our Natural Legacy – a national campaign to grow support for landholders who are making space for nature. The forum is being delivered by the Australian Land Conservation Alliance (ALCA), with support from the Biodiversity Conservation Trust NSW (BCT NSW),  Trust for Nature Victoria, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Charles Sturt University.

 

ALCA is a peak national body representing organisations doing on-ground conservation work on private land. It supports its members to scale their impact for people and nature through: sector development, advocating for good policy and regulation, driving nature investment, and building an Australian community that understands and values the role of nature.

 

BCT NSW partners with landholders to enhance and conserve biodiversity across NSW by entering into private land conservation agreements with landholders.

 

Trust for Nature permanently protect habitat on private land by helping landholders to put conservation covenants on their property.