Australia’s desert heartlands: a vibrant future or a victim in decline?

Academy of Science 24 May 2012

mark stafford smith

Free public lecture at the Shine Dome, Gordon Street Canberra.

Dr Mark Stafford Smith
Science Director
CSIRO, Climate Adaptation Flagship

The lightly inhabited remote rangelands are the quintessential imagery of Australian advertising. When compared to their population, these lands are a disproportionate source of the country’s wealth, particularly through mining and tourism, and a source of the country’s angst in the form of land degradation, species loss and social troubles. Ecologically, they are dominated by poor soils and a highly variable climate. These conditions have been well managed for grazing purposes, but not so well managed when variability affects managing businesses, settlements, service delivery and governance processes. How should we manage a variable natural and social environment? What implications does this have for our nation? And what opportunities could there be to apply this knowledge to the benefit of the rest of the world?

When: Tuesday 5 June 2012
Refreshments from 5:30 pm (gold coin donation)
Lecture and live streaming from 6pm
Where: Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Canberra
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Cost: Free entry and parking
Contact: RSVPs essential to Shannon Newham
Phone: 02 6201 9462
Fax: 02 6201 9494

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