Bush Heritage at the Conservation Coaches Network Conference

Published 20 Jun 2018 
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Eleanor Carswell and Clair Dougherty on the Bush Heritage information desk.<br/>Photo by Vanessa Westcott Eleanor Carswell and Clair Dougherty on the Bush Heritage information desk.
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Annette Stewart presents her talk about conservation planning.<br/>Photo by Felix Cybulla Annette Stewart presents her talk about conservation planning.
Photo by Felix Cybulla
Annette Stewart discussing the use of our Miradi conservation planning system.<br/>Photo by Vanessa Westcott Annette Stewart discussing the use of our Miradi conservation planning system.
Photo by Vanessa Westcott
Annette Stewart accepts our award on behalf of the Yourka Team.<br/>Photo by Vanessa Westcott Annette Stewart accepts our award on behalf of the Yourka Team.
Photo by Vanessa Westcott
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In May the Conservation Coaches Network Rally was hosted in the Blue Mountains, NSW. This conference is held every other year in different countries around the globe and this time it was Australia’s turn to host. Over 130 conservation practitioner from around 80 organisations and over 30 countries gathered for the three-day event.

The Conservation Coaches Network aims to improve conservation by empowering people to develop, implement, evaluate, adapt and share effective strategies that achieve tangible conservation results benefiting both people and nature all over the world.

The program offered a huge range of workshops, sessions and working groups dedicated to sharing approaches, exploring problems and developing and improving materials for guiding conservation practitioners.

It was a fantastic opportunity to find out what is new, what is working well around the world, what Bush Heritage are doing well and where we could improve. Bush Heritage was well represented in all the events.

We submitted a case study titled 'Yourka Reserve - A unique tropical savanna ecosystem’ to the 2018 Global Adaptive Management Case Study Competition. And I'm delighted to say that this was awarded third place. Well done to the Yourka team! The competition was tough and there were some great entries. They can all be found here.

With more and more organisations using the Open Standards For the Practise of Conservation, there was much discussion about a quality review process that is under development to ensure that the standards are being consistently applied. We are looking at how best to roll this out across Bush Heritage plans.

Over the coming months we will be working to embed some of what we learnt into our systems and process, to develop others and to slowly but surely improve our planning, reporting and our communication about all the fabulous work we and out partners do across the country.

Annette Stewart presents her talk about conservation planning.<br/>Photo by Felix Cybulla Annette Stewart presents her talk about conservation planning.
Photo by Felix Cybulla
Annette Stewart discussing the use of our Miradi conservation planning system.<br/>Photo by Vanessa Westcott Annette Stewart discussing the use of our Miradi conservation planning system.
Photo by Vanessa Westcott
Annette Stewart accepts our award on behalf of the Yourka Team.<br/>Photo by Vanessa Westcott Annette Stewart accepts our award on behalf of the Yourka Team.
Photo by Vanessa Westcott
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