Collaboration and active involvement have been central to the development of the Plan. It's great to see just how many of you - over 650 people - have taken the opportunity to get involved and have your say on the future of ecosystem science. Your contributions have provided the firm foundations for our future.
With the main consultation phase wrapping up, work has now commenced on drafting the Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan. A working group this week commenced their review of the wealth of material submitted from across Australia for the plan, to identify the key priorities for using ecosystem science to maintain healthy and productive ecosystems for the future of Australia.
They say a journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step, and the journey of consultation towards the ESLTP began with an open online survey from Nov 2013 - Jan 2014. The survey report is now available, providing useful insights into the needs, challenges and priorities of the Australian ecosystem science and management community.
Strengthening science for Australian ecosystems Media release 27 March: Today in Canberra scientists, environmental managers, students, policy makers and others will gather for the final in a national series of ‘town hall’ meetings to develop a new long term plan for ecosystem science in Australia.
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. This has been the first consultation process of its kind that has connected such a diverse range of people who share the common goal of enhancing the nation's capacity to understand and effectively manage its ecosystems. The consultation phase will close soon, but there are still opportunities for you to have your say!
Can't make it to one of the town hall workshops for the Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan? Don't worry - we've just released some tools and materials to help you host your own town hall or small workshop, and to submit proposals using an online form. These options will remain open until the end of March, when the main consultation phase for the Plan draws to a close.
The town hall roadshow is making its way across the country, with people from all walks of the ecosystem science community getting involved to work collaboratively in developing proposals for enhancing our future. We're pleased to announce registration for the Perth town hall is now open, and the reports from our Melbourne and Hobart workshops are now available for download.
Registrations for the first town hall workshops in February are now open. Town-hall meetings will provide an opportunity for everyone to 'roll up their sleeves', and get actively involved in developing proposals for sustaining and strengthening ecosystem science in Australia.
We have welcomed the deluge of responses to the input survey, with people from all corners of the country and parts of the ecosystem science and management community contributing their ideas for the future. The survey closes at midnight Friday 17 January so there's still time to add your voice to the mix!
The gathering of over 500 ecosystem scientists at EcoTas 2013 in November played host to the first ‘town-hall’ style meeting about the ESLTP. With a diverse group of attendees, discussions at the town hall were rich and varied, and helped to identify some key challenges currently faced in ecosystem science along with potential solutions to move forward in the future.
‘It’s all about sustaining the country that we know and love to live in.’ That’s just one view on why the Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan is important. Watch this video to hear more perspectives on why the Plan is important, and how it can enable the ecosystem science community to deliver useful outcomes and benefits for Australia.
What are some of the positive things happening in ecosystem science at the moment, and what can we look forward to in the future? This video shows some of the answers given to these two questions by attendees at the first Long-Term Plan workshop. It seems we have an interesting future before us!
What are the advantages of developing a long-term plan for ecosystem science? What are the best opportunities for advancing the delivery of ecosystem science and management in Australia? What discipline areas are relevant to ecosystem science? These are just some of the topics considered at the first 'starter' workshop in support of the Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan on 24 September.
September 2013 marks the beginning of an open consultation process with the Australian ecosystem science community to develop a cohesive plan for the long-term future. This process will enable the Australian ecosystem science community to clearly set out our collective long-term priorities and needs, in order to achieve continuity in our efforts and to enable us to move forward with a shared purpose and vision.