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Let the drafting begin!

It’s full steam ahead for the development of the Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan. With the main consultation phase wrapping up, a working group* this week commenced their review of the rich material submitted through the consultation.

Gathered from across the country for a two-day workshop, this working group are tasked with reviewing the wealth of content generated through surveys, town-hall workshops, and online submissions, and synthesising the key priorities into a succinct and clear plan document.

Prof Mike Bull is one of the members of this working group, and says ‘It has been a privilege to see the breadth and depth of content submitted to this plan by the ecosystem science community. Our role in this working group enables us to take a ‘helicopter view’ of this material, and to crystallise out the dominant themes and messages to convey in the final plan document.’

Dr Bronwyn Harch, also part of the writing group says, ‘We have been hard at work these last few days to distil the key future priorities for the ecosystem science community, and to decide the most effective ways to highlight and communicate these through the plan. I think everyone who has participated in the consultation so far – either by submitting an idea online, or participating in a workshop – will see something of their efforts and input reflected in the final product.’

The writing group will continue to refine the draft document over the coming weeks, and it will then undergo external review, before a launch in mid-2014. For more information on the process and timeline for the ESLTP please click here.


Working group members: Back row L-R: Mike Bull, Adrienne Nicotra, Alan Andersen, Mark Westoby, Bronwyn Harch. Front Row L-R: Stuart Phinn, Margaret Byrne, Glenda Wardle, Tim Moltmann. Absent: Jason Beringer, Bek Christensen, Helen Cleugh, Ary Hoffmann, Andy Lowe, Andy Pitman.