Call for Abstracts – WA Threatened Species Forum

What is a recovery plan? Who prepares it? Who implements it? How is the community involved? These questions and more will all be answered during the 2019 WA Threatened Species Forum.

This will be the third time the Forum will be held in Geraldton, and NACC NRM and partner Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions look forward to seeing attendance from a cross-section of society with a common concern for WA’s animals and plants.

Being held on 5-6 September 2019 the forum will:

  • Assess the current conservation status and stage of recovery plan implementation of selected Western Australian threatened species and threatened ecological communities.
  • Determine what more needs to be known about these threatened species (e.g., distribution, reproductive biology, ecology, and taxonomy) to inform recovery plan implementation or development.
  • Review the status of relevant key threatening processes to better understand the range of recovery risks; and further develop the necessary collaborative approach to threat management
  • Investigate the role of community and citizen science in recovery plan development and implementation.
  • Assess the Eucalypt Woodlands of the Western Australian Wheatbelt Conservation Listing Advice and discuss the need for a Recovery Plan.

An exciting line up of key note speakers is being established by the Steering Committee and submissions are now open of abstracts for oral and poster presentations. The Steering Committee will perform a blind review of all submissions and will notify presenters of the outcome by 30 June 2019. Please use the “Abstract Submission Template” (found here) when submitting your abstract. Abstract submissions close in July and are welcome on any topic relating to threatened species or ecological community recovery plans.

We are pleased to announce The Gerald Apartment Hotel as our accommodation partner and have secured special discounted room rates.

The Gerald Apartment Hotel boasts Geraldton’s only luxury accommodation and is conveniently located in the centre of town. Situated in the heart of the CBD they are walking distance to cafes, restaurants, shops and offices and mere steps away from the beautiful Town Beach and Geraldton Foreshore.

Optional field trips are also planned for the Saturday following the forum with three unique trips on offer – Abrolhos islands boat trip; Kalbarri National Park bus/kayak tour and a Midwest Local Producers Tour.

More information about the forum and associated field trips can be found on the NACC website, https://www.nacc.com.au/project/2019-wats/

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