SER Australasia Conference 2018
Brisbane, 25-28 September 2018

SERA, in conjunction with SER, is offering free SER membership for one year for joining or renewing student members. Join today so you can enjoy all the benefits of a full SER/SERA member PLUS you receive the highly discounted member rate for the SERA2018 conference in September in Brisbane.
Intending student members should contact SERA (sera@seraustralasia.com) for the promotional code and provide evidence of their full-time enrolment status (e.g. scanned copy of student card). You then use that code to gain the free membership through the SER web page. (And don't forget to tick the Australasian Chapter membership during the joining process!

MINING REHABILITATION DISCUSSION PAPER The NSW Government is committed to ensuring major mining projects use best practice rehabilitation so that previously mined land can sustain other uses. The Government is already implementing a number of reforms to strengthen operational rehabilitation requirements for all mining projects in NSW. As the next step in these reforms, we have released the discussion paper, Improving Mine Rehabilitation in NSW, to seek feedback on proposed improvements to the regulatory framework for rehabilitation of major mining projects. This feedback will be used to develop new state-wide policy and actions that provide certainty to industry and the community by clearly setting out Government expectations regarding rehabilitation and closure requirements for all major mining projects in NSW. There are five proposed reforms set out in the discussion paper across the assessment, operational and closure stages of the mine life cycle. A key aim of the proposed improvements is to ensure mine rehabilitation is consistent with leading practice and delivers appropriate social, economic and environmental outcomes for communities. The discussion paper will be on public exhibition until Friday 16 February 2018. Click here to make your submission

The interactive Recovery Wheel is now available on the SERAUSTRALIASIA website. The app can also be accessed for free downloading "recovery wheel" from the Google play store or from the App store for IOS devices.

Congratulations to recipients of the inaugural SERA Awards for Restoration Excellence.
Awards have been announced for outstanding projects for SER's biennial awards in (i) excellence in ecological restoration practice, and (ii) the most outstanding student project.

Alan Watson Featherstone's ERA 2016 Keynote: 'Restoring the Caledonian Forests of Scotland' is an inspirational video of how the organisation Trees for Life is making a difference.
Watch the video here.

In pursuing a personal passion to restore the Caledonian Forests of Scotland, Alan Watson Featherstone developed an understanding of the key ecological principles needed to reinstate positive trophic cascades. By fencing remnant vegetation to reduce herbivory, ecological processes were reinstated to do the hard work of recovery. Rewilding projects are underway to complete ecosystem functionality.
The talk was the closing keynote address at the joint New Zealand Ecological Society (NZES) and Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) Conference in Hamilton, New Zealand in 2016.

SERA does not itself engage in restoration projects; its mission supports that of SER:
"to promote ecological restoration as a means of sustaining the diversity
of life on Earth and re-establishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture."

While the field of ecological restoration is relatively specific in its objectives, a number of different stakeholders execute its practice. Broadly speaking, there are four main piers of stakeholders who contribute to these ends:

  • Public and Land managers (agencies at the Federal, State and Local levels of government)
  • Industry (Mining, Private Firms)
  • Academia/Research (Universities, Government Bodies)
  • Community (NGO's, Community Groups, Private Individuals)

These are the piers that form the foundations of practical outcomes - i.e. the sectors who contribute to outcomes or actually execute restoration.

Whether one works within one pier or another, insights gained from the experience of practice and investigation all help to improve our understanding of how to restore degraded ecosystems. SERA aims to facilitate cross disciplinary communication between these piers of activity to provide a unified voice of common principles of practice.

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