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Much of global agriculture is now sustained by payments for delivery of ecosystem services. In Australia the agricultural ecosystems services market is immature to non-existent. Can and should ecosystem services become a more significant part of the Australian agricultural economy? 

The Valuing Agriculture's Natural Capital Roundtable sessions ran from 9 am – 5 pm, followed directly by an 'After Hours Forum' from 6–10 pm, which included food, cocktails and time for networking along with presentations from the 2019 John Ralph Essay Competition winner.

Building on the great feedback from the 2018 Roundtable, AFI once again held the event in Canberra in conjunction with events being conducted by National Farmers’ Federation, Farmer of the Year Awards, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and CropLife. The Ag Week events in Canberra during the week of 14–17 October bring the focus of policy-makers to rural and agricultural issues, and the Valuing Agriculture's Natural Capital Roundtable ensures that the key issues impacting the future ability of farm businesses to operate in a profitable and sustainable manner are at the forefront of discussions.


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ROUNDTABLE SESSIONS | 9AM – 5PM

HISTORY AND FUTURE OF ECOSYSTEMS SERVICES

The conservation movement in agriculture is not new. Long-term profitability demands adoption of sustainable practices, so how is the modern concept of ecosystem services different from sustainable agriculture?

WHAT SUPPORT IS NEEDED TO PROGRESS THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ECOSYSTEMS SERVICES?

Do we have the R&D in place to support the development and implementation of ecosystem services? Who will take the lead on advocacy for this whole of agriculture issue? Ecosystem services may require new support. Can the R&D required be supported through the current funding structures and systems?

OPPORTUNITIES TO BUILD NATURAL CAPITAL

Carbon sequestration and biodiversity are key areas in which natural capital can be enhanced, however there are many more environmental and social benefits that can be delivered by agriculture. What are the potential markets and how would they be sustained?

POLICY PLANNING WORKSHOP

Building on from the day’s sessions, the Valuing Agriculture’s Natural Capital Roundtable will conclude with an interactive policy planning workshop.


AFTER HOURS FORUM | 6PM – 10PM

The evening discussion was led by the winner of the John Ralph Essay Competition, joined by Brad and Tracy Wooldridge – Australian Farmer of the Year Awards finalists and Dinner Speaker: Dr Annette Cowie – IPCC report co-author. The After Hours Forum included cocktails, dinner and time for networking.

 

CONFIRMED Speakers

Dr Francisco Ascui – Soil CRC & UTAS

Tim Beshara – The Wilderness Society

MC: Gabrielle Chan The Guardian

Dr Annette Cowie – IPCC report co-author

Dr Fiona Dempster – University of Western Australia

Prof. Richard Eckard – Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre

Lorraine Gordon – Regenerative Agriculture Alliance

Dr John Hewson – Business Council for Sustainable Development

Mick Keogh – ACCC

Anwen Lovett – CRSPI

Tony Mahar – National Farmers’ Federation

Prof. Alex McBratney – Sydney Institute of Agriculture

Bob Nixon – Grains Industry Association of WA

Elizabeth O’Leary – MIRA

Dr Manu Saunders – UNE

Dr Stuart Whitten – CSIRO

John Woods – GRDC

Brad and Tracy Wooldridge – Australian Farmer of the Year Awards finalists

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Conference Sponsorship

SILVER SPONSORS

Our research is helping to improve productivity, profitability and sustainability in cropping, livestock production, aquaculture, horticulture and the food industry.
    The Soil CRC (CRC for High Performance Soils) brings together scientists, industry and farmers to find practical solutions for Australia’s underperforming soils. It aims to help farmers increase their productivity and profitability by providing them with knowledge and tools to improve the performance of their soils. With funding from the Australian Government and with 40 participants from universities, state governments, industry and farmer groups, it is the biggest collaborative soil research effort in Australia’s history.

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VENUE: NGA

Parkes Place, Parkes, Canberra

The Valuing Agriculture's Natural Capital Roundtable will be held in Gandel Hall at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA). The NGA is an iconic cultural arts institution that combines creative artistic food with exclusive experiences. The venue is like no other in Canberra,
architecturally designed with unique and striking features.

Plan Your Trip

Venue information

The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) – Parkes Place, Parkes, Canberra ACT 2600


How to get here

Canberra is a 3.5-hour drive south from Sydney or a 55-minute flight. You can book flights here. The NGA is located 7 kilometres from the airport taking roughly 10 minutes by taxi, traffic permitting.


Where to stay

DOMA Hotels are offering delegates a 15% discount off their lead room rates across their hotels.

Little National – 21 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

The Burbury Hotel – 1 Burbury Close Barton ACT 2600 Australia

Hotel Realm – 18 National Circuit, Canberra ACT 2600

Brassey Hotel – Crn Belmore Gardens & Young Street Barton ACT 2600

Contact 'Central Reservations', by phone: (02) 6163 1888 or email: reservations@domahotels.com.au; and enter the booking code EVENT in order to receive the 15% discount.


While you are here

Canberra came third in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 list: “Criminally overlooked Canberra packs a big punch for such a small city. National treasures are found round almost every corner and exciting new boutique precincts have emerged, bulging with gastronomic highlights and cultural must-dos.”

To get more information, go to Visit Canberra.


Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact AFI's Events Officer, Kylie Smith.

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