Restore Regenerate Revegetate Conference 2017

A Conference on Restoring Ecological Processes, Ecosystems and Landscapes in a Changing World

University of New England

New South Wales, Australia

Videos of conference presentations may be viewed under each of the sessions below.

Fauna and restoration
Presenter Name Presentation Title
Andrew Bennett Landscape-level revegetation reverses the decline of woodland birds in agricultural environments
Brad Law  Tracking winners and losers in large-scale eucalypt plantations of northern NSW
Carla Catterall  Fauna: passengers and drivers in vegetation restoration
David Mackay The utility of the native fig, Ficus rubiginosa, in restoration projects
Fiona Paton Bird responses to large-scale revegetation at Cygnet Park, Kangaroo Island, using systematic area searches
Grace Hodder  Management recommendations for the diamond firetail in the Mount Lofty Ranges
Huw Evans  23 years on and still going strong - community efforts for Regent Honeyeater recovery
Julian Reid  Habitat restoration and avian responses around Cowra, NSW, and lessons learnt
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Katherina Ng  From plantings to paddock: are ground-dwelling beetles moving through fragmented agricultural landscapes?
Marisa Stone  How is insect mediated ecosystem functioning affected by clearance and reforestation?
Mark Bachmann  Rethinking the relationship between small mammals and predation to restore ecosystem function within large reserves in south-eastern Australia
Murray Ellis Managing relictual eucalypt woodlands: growth and mortality studies forecast old growth habitat feature development and resource bottlenecks
Peter Ampt  Kangaroos and conservation: can people be better predators?
Phil Conacher The use of nest boxes in remnant and restored land
Thomas Hunt Birds in black box: avian community drivers in threatened floodplain woodlands
Tanya FountainKoala habitat plantings on the Tweed Coast of NSW - characteristics and use by koalas

More information - external conference website

The Armidale Declaration

Agreed to by the approximately 120 delegates attending the final plenary session of the conference on 9 February 2017.

The delegates at the Restore, Regenerate, Revegetate Conference held at the University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, from 5–9 February 2017, shared an impressive body of practical and scientific knowledge of how we are restoring Australia’s natural heritage and environmental capital across the continent. However, the conference also highlighted several key points that must be addressed if we are to truly meet the challenges and opportunities of land repair.

  • We acknowledge the success of the last 30 years of land restoration and rehabilitation, but decry the continuing decline in the extent and condition of Australia’s native terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and the impact that this will have on the health, prosperity, wellbeing and cultural legacy of future Australians.
  • We celebrate the significant contributions of many communities across Australia to repair their local environments. However, we have only just begun to address the vast challenge that confronts us. We have developed the skills, knowledge and passion to meet this challenge, but lack the market drivers to achieve the scale of response required.
  • We urge support for Indigenous groups so they can continue to work on country to manage our natural resources through the application of cultural science.
  • We urge effective action to limit human-induced climate change, which is crucial if we are to build on present and future restoration efforts.
  • We recommend ensuring that the principle of ‘net gain in biodiversity’ underpins all environmental regulation.
  • We recommend the development of a stable investment process that is decoupled from politics, has bipartisan support, retains and enhances social capital, and is independently administered, to support the actions and research required to reverse the ongoing decline in Australia’s natural terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems (natural capital).
  • We recommend the establishment of a federal land and water agency as the premier research and development organisation for natural resource management in Australia, in accord with the 2010 recommendations of the Productivity Commission.
  • We recommend the support and continued development of stable, long-term government institutions for natural resource administration and management, and the facilitation of strong partnerships between government, community and industry.
  • Finally, we recommend commonwealth, state and local governments define and mandate the use of native flora as an essential component in restoration and landscaping works associated with publicly funded road, rail and other infrastructure programs.

Contact: David Carr BSc MResSc (NE)
Stringybark Ecological
7 Taylor St,
Armidale NSW 2350
Phone: 0418 651 263

Dr Chris Nadolny BSc(Hons) MSc (NE) PhD (UCSB)
Mobile: 0429 729 252

Professor Nick C. H. Reid BSc(Hons) PhD (Adel)
Ecosystem Management
School of Environmental and Rural Science
University of New England
Armidale NSW 2351
Phone  +61 2 6773 2072
Mobile  +61 428 711 360