Connecting People, Connecting Nature Conference

Join leading local and international experts at the Connecting People, Connecting Nature Conference to learn about the science and practice of connectivity conservation, and how it can help meet our planetary challenges.

Hosted by the Great Eastern Ranges (GER), this event is an opportunity to hear from key connectivity conservation experts from Australia and around the world, and to share knowledge, tools and lessons learnt with dozens of organisations working in large landscape conservation.

  • When: 18-19 October 2022
  • Where: Queensland Multicultural Centre, Brisbane

Click here to view the draft agenda.

The conference will take the focus from global context to local action, bringing together industry leaders with on-ground practitioners, researchers, traditional owners, community groups, eNGOs and government agencies.

Presentations and Q&A panel sessions will inspire through practical examples of connectivity in action and will cover a diversity of topics around the current state of connectivity, the latest science and best practice, and how to move beyond business-as-usual conservation.

The first day of the conference will be followed by an evening networking function sponsored by our partner, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Australia, in the foyer area of the Queensland Multicultural Centre.

Tickets available from $250 - $450 *Early bird special on all tickets until 31 July 2022*

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Keynote speakers


Gary Tabor

Founder and President of the Centre for Large Landscape Conservation, and Chair of the IUCN WCPA Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group

Dr Gary Tabor is an American environmentalist with over 30 years' experience working on behalf of connectivity conservation initiatives internationally. This has included co-founding a number of foundations, such as Yellowstone to Yukon and the Centre for Large Landscape Conservation. Tabor is known for his role as a catalyst in forwarding progress through large landscape conservation, pioneering the fields of Conservation Medicine and EcoHealth, and advising agencies and organisations about contemporary environmental issues.

Brendan Mackey

Director, Climate Action Beacon, Griffith University, Queensland

Professor Brendan Mackey is Director of the Griffith Climate Action Beacon, Griffith Climate Change Response Program, and the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility at Griffith University. He was a Coordinating Lead Author for the recently released IPCC 6th Assessment Report, Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation. Brendan has previously served two terms on the IUCN Council. He has authored over 250 publications including in the fields of climate change, biodiversity and conservation.

Other speakers include:

  • Bob Debus AO, former NSW Environment Minister and Chair of Great Eastern Ranges
  • Jimmiel Mandima, IFAW's Vice President for Global Programs
  • Dr Jody Gunn, CEO of the Australian Land Conservation Alliance (ALCA)
  • Ricky Archer, CEO of the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA)
  • Dr Rebecca Spindler, Executive Manager, Science and Conservation, Bush Heritage Australia
  • James Forbes, CEO of Jane Goodall Institute Australia
  • Professor Robyn Alders AO, grazier, Chair of Upper Lachlan Branch of NSW Farmers Federation and Senior consulting fellow with the Chatham House Global Health Program
  • Professor James Aronson, Co-founder of the Ecohealth Network and senior scientist at the Missouri Botanical Gardens

This conference is proudly supported by:

GERconnect22 sponsors

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Event Organiser: 
Great Eastern Ranges Initiative
Event Date: 
Tuesday, 18 October, 2022 to Wednesday, 19 October, 2022
ALL Australia