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25th November 2013
Monash Geography was represented by Peter Kershaw and Simon Connor at “Ramsar Wetlands: Understanding Change in Ecological Character” held at the Vue Grand Hotel in Queenscliff (5-8 November 2013). The workshop was organised by the Ramsar Secretariat and the University of Ballarat and represents the first attempt to incorporate environmental changes into the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (ramsar.org). The workshop brought together ecologists, wetland managers, palaeoecologists and conservation biologists from all over the world, including Colombia, Tanzania, Vietnam, Nigeria, China, India, USA, Thailand and Australia, to produce a policy document that will determine how internationally important wetlands are managed into the future.
Monash’s palaeo-ecologists subsequently attended the Australian National University’s “Rethinking Environmental Futures in Asia and the Pacific” (14-15 November 2013) organised by the Research School of Asia and the Pacific. The conference had a distinctly multidisciplinary flavour, with sessions on past environmental changes, biodiversity in the Asia-Pacific region, socio-political borders and boundaries, indigenous land management, and gender and poverty in a changing environment.
Finally, Monash palaeoecologists (Peter Kershaw, Cassandra Rowe and Simon Connor) were invited to the inaugural Northern Australia Palaeo1000 workshop at the Australian National University’s Coastal Campus at Kioloa (17-21 November 2013). The workshop produced a detailed analysis of vegetation changes in Northern Australia over the last 1000 years, highlighting the changes wrought by European occupation of Australia’s Top End.