Held on the 26th Nov 2019
at 7pm to
, Northern Tasmania
Princess Theatre, 57 Brisbane Street, LauncestonSummary:
Ecological Society of Australia Public Lecture
Tasmanians are no strangers to landscape scale fire.
The large number of lightning strikes that resulted in ignitions in the 2018-2019 fire season easily eclipsed the unprecedented events witnessed by north-west Tasmanian’s in 2016. Over 210,000 hectares of Tasmania burnt in the 2018-2019 summer, particularly areas of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and the southern forests.
Tasmania is a small, isolated and mountainous island. It is a refuge to many animal and plant species including some of the most ancient plants on Earth. Much of the vegetation is adapted to fire; ancient Gondwanan communities are not and are most at risk to fire. Looking at the landscape, you would be forgiven for thinking that the impact of fires is directly removed from affecting human population and biodiversity. In the 2018-2019 fires, communities of humans, flora and fauna were all critically impacted by fire.
This public lecture is all about managing fire risk in Tasmania. We bring together experts to discuss, ‘What are the lessons from past fires that inform future fire management?’ They will draw on their expertise to consider: what type of thinking is required for managing fire risk; what are the pathways for communities?; what social capacity is required?; what can we do to protect environmental and cultural assets?; how can humans co-exist with fire? The experts will then address the audience to answer questions about managing fire risk in Tasmania.
The next fire season is already upon us.
Are we better prepared?
Professor Libby Lester, University of Tasmania