The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc. (ANPC) will be held on Wednesday 20 November 2019, from 13:00 pm to 14:00 pm (Australian Eastern Daylight-Saving Time) in the Dickson Room, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton, 2601. All financial members are encouraged to attend in a voting capacity to ensure we reach a quorum, and to hear about what the ANPC has achieved over the last year. This includes individual members and representatives of organisational members. Please RSVP to the Secretary, Melissa Millar, by Wednesday 13 November 2019. This will greatly assist us in preparing a successful AGM. The draft Agenda is available here.
Nominations are now open for the following positions on the ANPC Inc. Committee of Management: • President • Vice-President • Treasurer • Ordinary members (7 positions)
Nominees for the above positions must complete the ANPC_Committee_Nomination_Form_2019. Nominations must specify the position being sought. For clarification of the duties of the positions, or of the membership status of nominees or nominators, please contact the Secretary well before the deadline. Nominations must be received by the Secretary at least seven days before the AGM, i.e. by close of business on Wednesday 13 November 2019. Nominations may be emailed to the Secretary, or faxed to the ANPC at 02 6250 9599, or mailed to The Secretary, ANPC Inc., GPO Box 1777 Canberra ACT 2601. Nominees need to be nominated and seconded by two (2) members of the Network and these can be submitted separately if required.
The Priority List recently issued by The Commonwealth Department of Agriculture is a significant step in the slow process of building greater awareness and capacity for Australia’s environmental biosecurity. The public comment period for the list, advertised in our last issue, has now closed, but the list remains available at here pending its finalisation. The ANPC’s submission on the exposure draft (30 September 2019) is available here. The ANPC is looking to bring members concerned about environmental biosecurity issues into closer contact with each other, to give us greater capacity on this side of our work. If you are interested in networking on this, please email the office with subject line ‘Enviro biosecurity’.
We are very excited to announce that the ANPC has embarked on the 18 month ‘Healthy Seeds’ project funded by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust, to deliver an evidence-based Roadmap to secure a reliable, genetically-appropriate, native seed supply in NSW for restoration, and to update the Florabank Guidelines for best practice native seed collection and use. An audit and investigation into past and present Seed Production Areas (SPAs) will also be undertaken. A consortium of partners will be established across the native seed and ecological restoration sectors to oversee the project. SPAs are seen as central to overcoming shortfalls in high quality native seed for ecological restoration, and for improving seed supply reliability, reducing pressure on wild populations, and for improving genetic provenance and diversity to ensure the long-term health and resilience of restored ecosystems. The Florabank Guidelines, first developed in 1999 in partnership between Greening Australia, CSIRO, and Bushcare, will be revised and updated with the latest science. These guidelines remain the benchmark for best practice native seed collection and use in restoration and are widely used by practitioners – the closest thing to an industry standard that is currently available. Read more.
The forum is only one week away, the tickets are moving quickly, the line up is impressive and the forum outcomes are ambitious! A gathering of seed specialists, and those dependent upon them for restoration outcomes will be reflecting on the state of the industry and asking ‘Where will the seeds for the future come from?’ The keynote address ‘Restoration in the context of Offsetting’ will be delivered by Dr Ascelin Gordon from RMIT University. Using examples from the restoration of Cumberland Plain Woodland, Dr Gordon will discuss the uncertainties involved in restoration, and what this could mean in terms of offsetting, multipliers, and the scale required to produce resilient offsetting outcomes. The grey-matter will then be engaged throughout the morning session where thought-provoking discussions will be led by experts in the fields of restoration, seed provenance, seed production and offset planning. How do we achieve an overwhelming net gain with offsets? We have proven technical ability; we have national and international standards (Tein McDonald) but none of these are of any value without the commitment by governments and an understanding of risk management in this field (Greg Steenbeeke). Who is planning the protocols to ensure genetic integrity and enduring seed supply? Are community seed collectors ‘criminals with a cause’ (Paul Gibson-Roy), or the helping hands needed to harness a diverse and difficult task (Maree Whelan)? What is the Seed Supply chain (Martin Driver) and can we develop a Roadmap for the future? Ticket prices range from $20 to $130 (discounts for AABR and ANPC Members, Concession and Students). Read more and purchase tickets here.
Dr Si-Chong Chen and Dr Elinor Breman, both from the Millennium Seed Bank of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK, will be delivering keynotes at the conference. Delegates will have the opportunity to meet and share ideas and attend workshops with leading experts, focusing on the importance of seed science to the future of plant conservation and food security. The ANPC is proud to be collaborating with the Australian Seed Bank Partnership on this conference which will be hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens and held at Kambri, Australian National University 5-9 April 2020, with the following themes:
Seed biology and evolutionary ecology – Unlocking the challenges of germination, dormancy and seed ecology in a changing world.
Seed sourcing and end-use – Considering genetic diversity, restoration and translocations as well as sector specific approaches to seed conservation and use.
Seed and gene bank management – The ins and outs of managing ex situ seed banks and gene banks and the methods for maximising seed quality and longevity.
Seeds in culture and society – Sharing stories and learning about cultural seed use, including collaborations between traditional use and ex situ seed banks and gene banks.
Call for abstracts will be opening soon! Visit the website and sign up to received more information as the conference program develops.