2021 National Landcare Conference

The National Landcare Conference was schedule this year for November 11 to 13. Due to COVID-19, the National Landcare Conference Steering Committee have announced the conference will now take place on March 10 to 12, 2021. The committee would like to take this opportunity to extend the deadline for the Call for Abstracts to July 1. The new dates are:

Wednesday July 1, 2020 Call for Abstracts new closing date
Wednesday 2 September, 2020 Launch conference program with early bird tickets
Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 March, 2021 National Landcare Conference
Thursday 11 March, 2021 National Landcare Awards



On behalf of the Landcare community, Landcare Australia is pleased to call for the submission of abstracts and posters for the 2021 National Landcare Conference. The event will be held from Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 March 2021, at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.

We are seeking presentations for the concurrent sessions that demonstrate the Landcare ethos for the following streams:

Sustainable Agriculture
Innovation and technology, soil health, adaptation to climate change, integrating productivity and conservation.
Farmers manage over half of the Australian landscape, and innovation in primary production and conservation of natural capital are critical to ensure a better future. This stream will focus on how farming and agriculture is adapting to an ever-increasing range of challenges, including climate change. Also, how Landcare is developing and implementing innovative farming practices to sustainably manage our productive natural assets.

Environment & Climate Change
How to encourage individuals to take positive action to mitigate climate change with Landcare?
With impacts of climate change increasing through extreme drought, fire and flood events, Australia’s landscapes and biodiversity are under immense pressure. Communities and individuals need to have confidence in effective actions that will make a difference individually and collectively, and help restore, protect and manage our natural assets and our own wellbeing. This stream will demonstrate how various Indigenous, Bushcare, Coastcare and other Landcare community groups, as well as the organisations they work with, are contributing to successfully meet these challenges, and provide ideas for more people to take positive action with Landcare.

Community Partnerships in Action
Building community capacity and resilience, communication and storytelling, volunteering, partnerships, building and sharing knowledge.
Community participation is at the heart of Landcare. This stream will demonstrate the achievements of individual Landcare community groups and projects, and the value of actively investing in communities and successful partnerships. The stream will also explore how Landcare can enhance engagement with rural communities, support the sharing of knowledge and help breakdown the disconnect that exists between the city and the bush.

Landcare Impact
Landscape, biodiversity, community resilience, mental and physical health of individuals, community wellbeing, agriculture productivity, economy.
This stream will demonstrate the positive impact Landcare has in multiple areas including the environment, landscapes, agriculture, community, health, and the economy. Demonstrating the multiple impacts of Landcare is essential to help showcase to government, business, and philanthropic supporters the value of continued and increased investment into Landcare – as well as why ongoing investment is required now more than ever.

All abstracts are to be submitted electronically in accordance with the guidelines below and should be submitted by 11.59 pm (EST) on Wednesday 1 July, 2020. Authors may submit more than one paper, but the program is limited and your submission(s) may not be included in the conference program.

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