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Last chance - consultation wraps up soon

Over the last few months hundreds of people across the country have taken the chance to contribute their ideas to the Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan and to have their say on how to best develop the science of ecosystems in Australia. They include students, policy makers, scientists, ‘on-ground’ environmental managers, academics, industry consultants and even concerned citizens; and they all contribute in some way to understanding and managing the processes and living things that combine to make up Australia’s unique ecosystems spanning our oceans, coasts and landscapes.

This has been the first consultation process of its kind that has connected such a diverse range of people who - no matter what background, occupation, or organisation they come from - share the common goal of enhancing the nation's capacity to understand and effectively manage its ecosystems by strengthening the scientific foundations that underpin this capacity.

In order to continue progression towards the development of the plan, the open consultation phase will be wrapping up at the end of March. But there are still opportunities for you to be involved and have input:

And remember - the reports from town-hall workshops across the country are available for you to read here so take a look and see what ideas are being discussed around the country!


The Sydney town-hall meeting in action (L-R and top-bottom): Glenda Wardle provides a welcome and introduction to participants (photo courtesy of A Greenville), participants contribute their top ideas into the emerging framework (photo courtesy of A Greenville), breakout groups develop their proposals for the future of ecosystem science (photo courtesy of A Kwok), and participants indicate their support for individual proposals (photo courtesy of A Greenville).