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2020 National Landcare Conference Call for Abstracts

On behalf of the Landcare community, Landcare Australia and QWaLC are pleased to call for the submission of abstracts and posters for the 2020 National Landcare Conference. The bi-annual event will be held from Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 November 2020, at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. We are seeking presentations for the concurrent sessions that demonstrate the Landcare ethos for the following streams:

Sustainable Agriculture
Innovation and technology, soil health, adaptation to climate change, integrating productivity and conservation.
Farmers manage over half of the Australian landscape, and innovation in primary production and conservation of natural capital are critical to ensure a better future. This stream will focus on how farming and agriculture is adapting to an ever-increasing range of challenges, including climate change. Also, how Landcare is developing and implementing innovative farming practices to sustainably manage our productive natural assets.

Environment & Climate Change
How to encourage individuals to take positive action to mitigate climate change with Landcare?
With impacts of climate change increasing through extreme drought, fire and flood events, Australia’s landscapes and biodiversity are under immense pressure. Communities and individuals need to have confidence in effective actions that will make a difference individually and collectively, and help restore, protect and manage our natural assets and our own wellbeing. This stream will demonstrate how various Indigenous, Bushcare, Coastcare and other Landcare community groups, as well as the organisations they work with, are contributing to successfully meet these challenges, and provide ideas for more people to take positive action with Landcare.

Community Partnerships in Action
Building community capacity and resilience, communication and storytelling, volunteering, partnerships, building and sharing knowledge.
Community participation is at the heart of Landcare. This stream will demonstrate the achievements of individual Landcare community groups and projects, and the value of actively investing in communities and successful partnerships. The stream will also explore how Landcare can enhance engagement with rural communities, support the sharing of knowledge and help breakdown the disconnect that exists between the city and the bush.

Landcare Impact
Landscape, biodiversity, community resilience, mental and physical health of individuals, community wellbeing, agriculture productivity, economy. This stream will demonstrate the positive impact Landcare has in multiple areas including the environment, landscapes, agriculture, community, health, and the economy. Demonstrating the multiple impacts of Landcare is essential to help showcase to government, business, and philanthropic supporters the value of continued and increased investment into Landcare – as well as why ongoing investment is required now more than ever.

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically in accordance with the guidelines below and should be submitted by 11.59 pm (EST) on Wednesday 8 April, 2020. Authors may submit more than one paper, but the program is limited and your submission(s) may not be included in the conference program.

For further information and to submit an abstract please visit the Landcare Australia website:

https://landcareaustralia.org.au/call-for-abstracts

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