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As part of our role, we bring together experts from across the government, non-government and academic sector to advise on best practice environmental policy. This includes the production of science-based, peer-reviewed publications as a key output of our events in collaboration with members and commission experts.

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The first Reimagining Conservation Forum – Working Together for Healthy Country was held in Meanjin / Brisbane on Yuggerah and Turrbal Country in 2022. This forum was jointly convened by the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA), Australian Committee of International Union for Conservation of Nature (ACIUCN) and Protected Areas Collaboration (PAC).

Over 100 people from across Australia came together to reimagine how we manage our land and sea Country. People shared generously from the heart and delved into what’s working and what’s not. The forum was designed to ensure that Indigenous voices were emphasised, providing an opportunity for everyone to listen and learn about where change is needed.

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Australia's priorities for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

In November 2021, ACIUCN members, associates and friends came together to review the First Draft of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. 


Following is a link to the final Workshop Report and Analysis as well as the presentations delivered by the amazing speakers:

  • Alison McMorrow, Alison McMorrow, Assistant Secretary, Biodiversity Conservation Division (DAWE) YouTube and PowerPoint.

  • James Watson, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences , Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation University of Queensland - First Draft GBF – Good bad and missing:  YouTube and PowerPoint

  • Chrissy Grant, Chair, International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on World Heritage (IIPFWH) & Chair Wet Tropics Management Authority - Inclusion of Indigenous Perspectives in CBD Processes: YouTube and PowerPoint

  • Emily Nicolson, Conservation Science, ARC Future Fellow & Inspiring Women Fellow Deakin University - Ecosystem Goal and Indicators for GBF CBD: YouTube (Part 1 & Part 2 ) and PowerPoint

  • Mark Howden, Director ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions - ACIUCN Climate Change Nature and CBD:  PowerPoint

  • Laura Waterford, Associate, Pollination Group: Mainstreaming: Biodiversity  YouTube and PowerPoint

  • Michelle Lim, Senior Lecturer, Macquarie Law School - Governance, accountability and the Post-2020 Framework: YouTube and PowerPoint

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Our Knowledge, Our Way, in caring for Country

These best practice Guidelines were developed using the IUCN approach to best practice guidelines. The Australian Committee for IUCN was privileged to be invited by NAILSMA and CSIRO to assist with the development of 'OKOW', along with over 100 other organisations and Indigenous contributors and authors. NAILSMA led the compilation of case studies by Indigenous authors based upon their experiences and involvement in land and sea management and related enterprise development across Australia. These case studies with input from Indigenous experts, are the foundation of the Indigenous voice throughout the Guidelines.

Healthy People in a Healthy Environment: Key Directions Statement

This publication summarises the major insights and recommendations that arose out of the Australian Committee for IUCN’s ‘Healthy People in a Healthy Environment’ symposium, held in Brisbane in September 2019. The Key Directions Statement seeks to inspire and facilitate a whole-of-community approach to developing and implementing policy and action that achieve positive human and environmental health outcomes across Australia. The executive summary can be found here.

Starting the conversation on Australia's priorities for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

A synthesis of the views expressed by representatives across the not-for-profit, government, Indigenous Peoples and academic sectors who participated in ACIUCN's Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework workshop in Brisbane on 13 March 2019. The workshop was held in partnership with the Australian Conservation Foundation, IUCN WCPA and Queensland University.

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Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction: Australia’s continuing role

This report forms the output of the Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction forum held in Sydney in March 2017 which was hosted by ACIUCN, the Environmental Defenders Office NSW, Humane Society International and the University of Queensland Global Change Institute with funding from The Thomas Foundation. The report includes sixteen recommendations for the Australian Government harnessed from discussions held during the event. 

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Maintaining Australia's Natural Wealth: Priorities for Terrestrial Conservation

This Statement, which is the output of the 2016 Science Informing Policy Symposium, celebrates Australia’s world-class leadership in many conservation initiatives. It recognises that with our environment continuing to face critical threats, there is an urgent need to reprioritise broad, long-term, multi-partisan support for the protection of our environment and to secure it as a major national priority.

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Valuing Nature: Protected Areas and Ecosystem Services

This publication is based on the presentations made at the Valuing Nature symposium held on 21-22 July 2014 in Brisbane, the fifth in ACIUCN's Science Informing Policy symposium series. The publication provides decision makers with science-based and independent information on valuing nature to inform better policy.

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Conserving Australia's Marine Environment Key Directions Statement

This statement was developed in consultation with 100 marine experts from universities, research institutions, government agencies and non-government organisations who attended the True Blue: Progress, challenges and opportunities for Australia’s marine environment symposium. The publication provides a succinct overview of the key steps attendees believed were required to address current and emerging challenges.

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Australia's Marine Environment: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities

This publication was developed as a supplement to the Conserving Australia's Marine Environment Key Directions Statement. It summarises many of the presentations given by speakers' at the True Blue: Progress, challenges and opportunities for Australia’s marine environment symposium.

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Australia's World Heritage: Keeping the Outstanding Exceptional

This publication is based on a symposium held to assess how Australia was measuring up against the goal 'to keep the outstanding exceptional'. The event also explored ways in which we could better fulfil the profound commitment embodied in the words 'World Heritage'; to protect and present these incredible places to current and future generations. The book includes the ‘Cairns Communique’ which is a statement by the symposium which outlines key steps to improve management of these iconic parts of Australia for all time. 

Snapshot report on trends, issues and achievements in Australian World Heritage management

As part of the World Heritage symposium, ACIUCN commissioned a snapshot report to highlight trends, issues, and achievements in Australian World Heritage Area management in collaboration with the Macquarie University Graduate School of the Environment. Designed around five thematic areas - governance, resources, capacity building, community engagement, key opportunities and threats - the report provides a voice for on ground managers and represents the culmination of responses provided by managers for fourteen of the sixteen Australian World Heritage areas listed for their outstanding ‘natural’ and ‘mixed’ (natural/cultural) values.

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Innovation for 21st
Century Conservation

This publication was developed as a key output of the Innovation for 21st Century Conservation symposium, held in 2012 in partnership with the South Australian Government, The Nature Conservancy and IUCN WCPA. The symposium explored ways to build the protected area system - the core habitat for our species - and large scale landscape-scale initiatives as supported by the National Wildlife Corridor Plan.

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The Role of Biodiversity and Ecosystems in Climate Change Mitigation

This publication was developed as a key output of the The Role of Biodiversity and Ecosystems in Climate Change Mitigation symposium, held in 2011 in partnership with the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University.

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