Conservation and climate change will be in the spotlight at Federation University on Friday at one of Australasia's leading biodiversity and ecology events.
More than 600 conservation experts, local council representatives and school teachers will attend the Biodiversity Across the Borders Conference at the Mount Helen campus.
Conference organiser Professor of Environmental Management Singarayer Florentine said the conference was timely given the recent release of a United Nations report predicting massive species extinctions.
The report released in May revealed one million plant and animal species are on the verge of extinction, with alarming implications for human survival.
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"Hosting this conference showcases the world-leading expertise we have at Federation University in environmental management, conservation and biodiversity research," Professor Florentine said.
"Leading speakers will be talking about solutions to issues raised in the UN report like managing threatened species in climate change."
The conference's keynote address will be delivered by Professor Lesley Hughes, a distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor at Macquarie University.
Everyone can contribute towards the conservation of biodiversity.Professor Florentine
Professor Hughes will deliver a talk on 'restoration and management of ecosystems in a changing climate: no time left for business as usual'.
This year's conference theme is 'Climate Change and Future Landscapes'.
Other presentations will focus on the restoration and management of ecosystems in a changing climate, solutions for threatened species under climate and landscape change and managing waterways under climate change.
Professor Florentine said the most important link after presenting scientific research was to connect the scientific outcomes to people and connect people to nature, the theme of one of the conference's final presentations.
"Everyone can contribute towards the conservation of biodiversity. We need to contribute individually as well as groups and organisations to manage species under a fluid environment," he said.
"It is encouraging a number of school teachers from Ballarat schools are attending the conference, showing teachers are transmitting this information to the future generation which is so important as well."
Members of the community can help conversation efforts through local Landcare groups, friends of natural resource management groups, conservation discussion groups and citizen science.
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