Australasian Plant Conservation
Originally published in Australasian Plant Conservation 13(4), March - May 2005
Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, CSIRO Plant Industry
Amongst the most severe current threats to
global biodiversity are human-induced processes such as land use change and
invasive species. Fragmentation of habitat, being one of the consequences of
these processes, is often recognised as the number one threat to biodiversity
and as such has attracted considerable research effort. The field of
restoration ecology is rapidly developing principles and practices to address
these major issues.
The strength of ANPC is in the effective
transfer and exchange of skills linking the outcomes of scientific research to
on-ground practitioners. This has recently been recognised by the NSW
Environmental Trust through additional support to enable ANPC to run the
Translocation of Threatened Plants Workshop in three regional areas of NSW this
year. The first of these will be held in Queanbeyan on Wednesday 18th May
followed by Newcastle in July and Coffs Harbour in August. See page 32 of this
issue for additional information.
Staff of the ANPC office are also currently
developing programs for another three workshops to be held in regional NSW
during the remainder of 2005, largely funded by the NSW Environmental Trust.
These workshops on rehabilitation of disturbed native vegetation are scheduled
for Armidale, Wagga Wagga and Dubbo. An additional grass identification workshop
will be offered in Dubbo. Details of these workshops can be found on the ANPC website.
Plans for the National Conference on Plant Conservation: The Challenges of Change are progressing well. This year's conference will be held in Adelaide from 26th
September to 1st October, hosted jointly with the South Australian Department
for Environment and Heritage and the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide. Four
sub-themes have been recognised to tease out the challenges we are facing in
plant conservation into the future -
- Extreme policy changes
- Urban ecology
- Using revegetation to achieve ecological outcomes
- Indigenous interests in conservation
Abstracts for papers are due June 17 - see
See the back cover of this issue for further
The conference will include two days of
scientific program, a field day and two days of workshops, several of which
arose from suggestions made in the evaluation forms submitted by participants in
last year's South East Queensland workshops.
I would like to remind you that subscriptions to ANPC for 2005 are now overdue. Several
members, both renewing and new, have taken up our new 3-year membership offer
(for the price of 2.5 years membership). However, many members have not yet
renewed for 2005. We urge you to renew your membership if you have not yet done
so - members are vital to the organisation's future.
The recent announcement that the Australian
Government is proposing to discontinue its support for environmental and
community groups is very disappointing. The Grants to Voluntary Environment and
Heritage Organisations (GVEHO) have played a significant role in supporting the
infrastructure of many NGOs carrying out diverse activities and functions in the
community. It has always seemed to represent an enlightened program with the
government essentially funding conservation and environment groups to keep an
eye on them and to lobby about conservation issues.
I hope this
special edition of APC on "Pathogens and Plant Conservation" is a stimulus to
many of you and results in increased recognition of the role of pathogens in the
ecosystem. The ANPC greatly appreciates the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust's
sponsorship towards this issue of Australasian Plant Conservation.