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The Reimagining Conservation Forum - Working Together for Healthy Country was a collaboration between the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA), Protected Areas Collaboration (PAC), Australian Committee for IUCN (ACIUCN) and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. This First Nations-led Forum brought together First Nations and non-Indigenous leaders and practitioners involved in the policies and practices of land and sea management across Australia.

The Reimagining Conservation Forum - Working Together for Healthy Country, was held in Brisbane over three days, November 2nd - 4th, 2022. Day 1 of the Forum was for a 30-person Focus Group of First Nations leaders in land and sea management, by invitation. A wider group representing a balance of First Nations and non-Indigenous people, participated on days 2 and 3 (November 3-4).

Day 1. Wednesday, 2nd November, 12pm - 5pm. First Nations Focus Group (by invitation)

Day 2. Thursday, 3rd November, 9am - 7.00pm (registrations from 8.30am). Forum program 9am - 5.15pm. Evening networking event - canapes on the deck 5.15pm -7.00pm.

Day 3. Friday, 4th November, 9am - 5pm.

See Draft Program here

The Forum will provide a unique opportunity to:

  • Share what 'reimagining conservation' means to First Nations people and to non-Indigenous Australians, and to reflect on what a shared reimagining means for policy makers and land and sea managers.

  • Hear and amplify the voices of First Nations people about whole-of-country management of cultural landscapes, hear where this is working well, and consider indicators of effective management for conservation on country based on cultural values and ‘western’ science.

  • Reflect on current policy and program settings – what works and what needs to change?


The Forum also connects to a new global IUCN - reimagining conservation initiative that promotes a culture of conservation and care for the planet based on challenging the status quo, addressing injustices, listening to diverse audiences, and together, reimagining a new way of caring and protecting the planet and each other.

For other enquiries about the Forum, please contact ACIUCN Director - Kate Davey;

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