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?
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 ensured 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.
Podcast-style audio recordings of the sessions are available for free HERE
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.
- 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
AG WEEK 2019
NFF Leaders’ Summit and 40th birthday gala dinner: Monday 14th October
AFI’s Valuing Agriculture’s Natural Capital Roundtable & After Hours Forum: Tuesday 15th October
Farmer of the Year Awards lunch: Wednesday 16th October
NFF Members’ Council: Wednesday 16th October
CropLife members’ forum & industry cocktail party: Wednesday 16th October
Australian Rural Leadership Foundation Gala: Thursday 17th October