This webinar was recorded on 4 May 2020 as part of the Australian Farm Institute project investigating critical success factors for an Australian Farm Biodiversity Scheme. The presentations feature AFI Executive Director Richard Heath and NFF General Manager, Natural Resource Management Warwick Ragg.
In 2019 the Australian Government announced funding for the implementation of an Australian Farm Biodiversity Scheme to be developed and led by the National Farmers’ Federation. As part of the Agriculture Stewardship Package, the aim of the scheme is to reward farmers for managing biodiversity on farm through market-based mechanisms and thus enable the continued provision of natural capital benefits to the wider community.
The AFI is conducting Phase 1 of the Scheme, focused on desktop and consultative research, reviewing international best practice management standards for relevant agricultural biodiversity programs. The project for this phase will underpin the practical development and trial of biodiversity market mechanisms to be developed in phases 2 and 3. An integral part of Phase 1 has been a series of consultative online events between March and May 2020. Forums were designed to gather feedback, while webinars (while still interactive) were more focused on delivering information.
FORUMS were held for:
- WA Wheatbelt – Wednesday, 25 March
- Southern Qld / Northern NSW – Tuesday, 31 March
- Northern Queensland – Friday, 3 April
- Grains industry focus – Monday 6 April (7-9pm AEST)
- Central West NSW – Tuesday, 7 April
- Northern Aust. / Kimberley – Thursday 9 April (9am WA / 10:30am NT)
- Gippsland – Tuesday, 21 April
- Tasmania – Wednesday, 22 April
- South Australia – Tuesday, 28 April
- Wimmera – Wednesday, 29th April
- NSW Riverina – Thursday, 30 April
- Central Queensland – Thursday, 7 May