03 November 2009

ANPC WORKSHOPS: Identifying Plants of Grassy Ecosystems, (ACT Region), 10 & 11 November

Workshop One: Grass Identification: Registrations closed
Tuesday 10 November (Canberra)

Workshop Two: Plants of Grassy Ecosystems (beginners) Registrations open
Wednesday 11 November (Canberra)

There are still a few places available for workshop two: Plants of Grassy Ecosystems. For more information and to check availability please contact the ANPC office this week on 02 6250 9509 or email: anpc@anpc.asn.au

QLD NATURAL RESOURCES AWARENESS GRANTS:Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management

Grants of up to $5000 (excluding GST) are available to community natural resources management groups for the development of small projects that promote the importance of natural resources. Grants of up to $10,000 will be considered where projects are a genuine collaboration between two or more organisations.

Grants are for one year only and this year’s theme is ‘Reducing our carbon footprint’.They are not intended to fund core, on-ground natural resource management activities. Projects should be educational and of general interest, and should encourage people to become involved in natural resource management activities during World Environment Day on 5 June 2010.

Applications close Friday 18 December 2009 and more information is available at http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/funding/nr_awareness_grants/index.html

EPBC ACT: Current finalised priority assessment lists available

The Finalised Priority Assessment List (FPAL) for species, ecological communities and key threatening processes for the assessment period commencing 1 October 2009 is now available at http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/pubs/priority-assessment-list-2009.pdf.

In accordance with Section 194(G) of the EPBC Act, the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (the Committee) considered all nominations that satisfied the regulations, and prepared a Proposed Priority Assessment List (PPAL). The Minister established the FPAL after considering advice from the Committee. The nominations on the FPAL will be assessed by the Committee within the scheduled timeframe (see list), and the Minister will decide whether each species, ecological community or key threatening process warrants listing based on the Committee’s advice.

COURSE: International Certificate in Botanic Garden Management in the Asia Pacific Region, Singapore, 5 - 20th March 2010

Working individually and collectively botanic gardens are in a strong position to help address the primary conservation and development challenges of our time: biodiversity loss and climate change. This new two-week training course covers major present-day themes of practical conservation work at botanic gardens. It is designed to help representatives from the Asia Pacific region involved in botanic garden and arboretum management (in particular horticultural staff and mid-level managers) refresh their existing skills, understand global environmental policy, explore new ideas and engage with botanic garden experts from around the world.

The course is run by BGCI, BGANZ and Singapore Botanic Gardens. The deadline for receipt of course and scholarship applications is 30 November 2009. For more information click here .