Australia’s ecosystems are populated by unique species and landscapes – and they also face unique challenges in coping with modern environmental threats. Collaborations between public, private and Indigenous organisations are a key way of facing these challenges.
In a lecture titled 'Conservation Partnerships: the role of NGOs in large-scale public-private-Indigenous conservation partnerships', Dr Looker (pictured left) will outline what has been done to develop and support collaborative conservation models in Australia.
Dr Looker says Australia’s environment faces unprecedented pressures through increased infrastructure developments, expanded agriculture, invasive species and lowoverall resourcing for land management.
He will outline the work of The Nature Conservancy in building private-publicpartnerships in support of private land acquisitions, developing local NGO capacity and supporting Indigenous people in devising sustainable financing mechanisms for Indigenous Protected Areas.
The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental organisation that has been working in Australia for more than a decade, supporting conservation efforts across more than 120 million hectares of Australia’s lands and waters.
It uses a partnership and collaborative model to work with smaller local NGOs, Indigenous Australians and organisations, government and business to achieve large-scale outcomes over vast areas of Northern Australia, the Australian arid lands and in the south west of the country.
A trained botanist, Dr Looker is one of Australia’s conservation leaders. Prior to his role with TNC, he served as the Director of the Trust for Nature, was a senior lecturer in Environmental Horticulture at the University of Melbourne, as well as Superintendent of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.
Dr Looker is also a La Trobe University alumnus, and a recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award for 2013.
Event: Public Lecture – 'Conservation Partnerships: the role of NGOs in advancing large-scale public-private-Indigenous conservation partnerships'. Presented by the Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering.
When: 6.00pm, Tuesday 1 October 2013
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