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20th Nov 2019

06:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Enjoy some fascinating presentations from local and international guest speakers.  

Can't attend? Livestream the lecture here.


Three presentations offering three different perspectives and panel discussion on how to secure profitable and sustainable agriculture in living landscapes. How can we align food and fibre production with carbon sequestration and biodiversity to increase opportunities for future generations? How can we restore ecosystem health at the landscape scale while increasing productivity and capitalising on new and emerging markets?

Plenary talks as part of 'Towards Health and Productive Landscapes' workshop.

When: Wednesday 20 November

Where: Sir Stanley Burbury Theatre, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus

Time: 6pm - 10pm


  • 6:00pm - Dr Gary Tabor (International ecologist and wildlife veterinarian) - 'Saving nature at scale – a global perspective'
  • 6:20pm - Tom Dunbabin (Tasmanian farmer and land manager) - 'A farmer’s perspective on making nature conservation work on farms'
  • 6:40pm - Professor Ted Lefroy (Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture) - 'Landscape scale conservation of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes'
  • 7:00 - Panel discussion facilitated by Tasmanian rural journalist and horticulturalist Sally Dakis
  • 7:30pm - Drinks and Nibbles


For more info contact +61 (0)447 158 017

This event is jointly hosted by the University of Tasmania School of Natural Sciences and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.

Menna Jones, Associate Professor, School of Natural Sciences, University of Tasmania
Caroline Mohammed, Professor, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, University of Tasmania

Biographies of contributors

Gary Tabor: Saving nature at scale – a global perspective. Gary is an ecologist and wildlife veterinarian based in Bozeman, Montana. He founded the Center for Large Landscape Conservation in 2007 to help people and institutions make better conservation decisions. Gary has worked on behalf of large landscape conservation internationally for over 35 years; his achievements include the establishment of Kibale National Park in Uganda, the World Bank’s Mgahinga/Bwindi/Impenetrable Forest Mountain Gorilla Conservation Trust, the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, the Patagonia Company’s Freedom to Roam wildlife corridor campaign and he co-founded the North American Network for Landscape Conservation. Gary is chair of the US Board for Australia Bush Heritage, an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland and a recipient of the Australian American Fulbright Scholar award in Climate Change. He also serves as Chair of IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas' Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group.

Tom Dunbabin: A farmer’s perspective on making nature conservation work on farms. a farmer and land manager for 35 years, running a 9000-ha grazing business encompassing Bangor at Dunalley and The Quoin at Ross. Conservation covenants were placed on a third of both properties. Tom is a founding member of the Tasman Landcare Group and has held executive positions since its inception 25 years ago. He received the Nature Conservation National Landcare Award in 1996 and the McKell Medal in 2005 for his land management practices.

Ted Lefroy: Landscape scale conservation of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. Associate Head Research, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, University of Tasmania. Ted studied agricultural science at the University of Western Australia and worked in agricultural extension and rural development in Australia and Papua New Guinea before taking up research positions with the Western Australian Department of Agriculture, the University of Western Australia and CSIRO. In 2005 he moved to the University of Tasmania as Director of the Centre for Environment where he led interdisciplinary research teams working with land managers to minimise the environmental impacts of agriculture. In April 2019 Ted joined the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture as Associate Head Research.

Sally Dakis Sally is a rural journalist having worked across Australian and Tasmanian rural and agricultural issues for 30 years with the ABC's Country Hour, Landline, Gardening Australia and as an ABC Regional Manager. Sally is a partner in a cherry and flower farm in the Coal Valley and has a degree in Environmental Science (BEd) and Diplomas in people and in horticultural management. Sally is a Churchill Fellow and a recipient of a Rotary Group Study Exchange. In addition to her professional experience, Sally is a past member of the National Management Committee of the Australian Garden History Society and is currently a director of the not-for-profit Hobart Flower Room, the Horticultural Innovation’s Alumni Association and is a board member of NRM South.

Panel Discussion

Facilitated by Sally Dakis, the panel discussion will be directed by the following questions

  • How do we influence change in government policy and incentives? How do we engage government?
  • How do we envisage future landscapes?
  • How can we get there and faster? Time is running out. Ancient isolated paddock trees are dying, and land clearance continues apace. How do we stop this and repair our landscapes?
  • What can we learn from Aboriginal land practices? How do we incorporate these and return Aboriginal people to their country?
  • How can regenerative agricultural practices help?
  • What are the constraints and how can we overcome them?