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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.