Leanne Wilkinson ‘Watery Goals and Our Way of Life’

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Thursday, 24 June 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Leanne from the Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment will discuss how the UN Sustainable development goals affect us and why the protection of wetlands is essential to our continued well-being.

Abstract   What do we value about the Australian way of life and why? How does this link to the Sustainable Goals generally and wetlands in particular?  And what can we and are we doing to help?
This talk will explore the background and meaning of the Sustainable Development Goals and why they should matter to everyone. Sustainable use of water is of growing concern globally and evidenced locally by the current tensions between water for irrigation and the environment in the Murray-Darling Basin. The preservation of wetlands is critical to supporting our way of life and the plants and animals that support this. I will discuss what we are doing and can do to understand threats and values of these wetlands and ensure their protection into the future.

Biography Ms Leanne Wilkinson, is an environmental advocate and public servant working to influence understanding and protection of environmental values.
She has spent the bulk of her career working to improve the health of natural waterways in Australia. This has included the design and implementation of on-ground management interventions and informed policy responses to manage water returned to the environment from agriculture.  Recently, Leanne was successful in advocating for the Ramsar Convention to investigate and quantify the multiple values of coastal wetland ecosystems as a means for improving their protection.

This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette.

Bookings are essential because of the COVID-19 guidelines related to the Thursday Talks and limited seating (tickets are free). Bookings will open on the Friday before the talk; they will close on the following Wednesday night or when seating limits are reached.

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