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How does Australia value agriculture's natural capital? What support is needed to progress the implementation of ecosystem services.

This podcast is a recording of the Australian Farm Institute's Roundtable held in October 2019.

The round table comprised 3 sessions:
History and future of ecosystem services
Support needed to implement ecosystem services
Opportunities to build natural capital

Click or copy/paste link below for Roundtable slide decks and speech transcripts
http://farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/ART_2019/Roundtable-2019-speakers

Podcast produced by www.growloveproject.com

AFI 2019 Roundtable Australian Farm Institute

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How does Australia value agriculture's natural capital? What support is needed to progress the implementation of ecosystem services.

This podcast is a recording of the Australian Farm Institute's Roundtable held in October 2019.

The round table comprised 3 sessions:
History and future of ecosystem services
Support needed to implement ecosystem services
Opportunities to build natural capital

Click or copy/paste link below for Roundtable slide decks and speech transcripts
http://farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/ART_2019/Roundtable-2019-speakers

Podcast produced by www.growloveproject.com

    Dr. Annette Cowie, IPCC report co-author

    Dr. Annette Cowie, IPCC report co-author

    Australian Farm Institute 2019 Roundtable

    Session: After Hours Forum

    Facilitator: Gabrielle Chan, The Guardian Newspaper

    Guest speaker: Dr. Annette Cowie, Principal research scientist, Climate, NSW DPI and co-author IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land

    Presentation summary:

    Dr Cowie is co-leader of the International Energy Agency Bioenergy research network ‘Climate and sustainability effects of bioenergy within the broader bioeconomy’, and a member of the Science Policy Interface of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. Her current research focuses on sustainability indicators and climate impact assessment in agriculture and forestry, including life cycle assessment of bioenergy and biochar systems. Dr Cowie’s keynote presentation at the AFI Roundtable After Hours Forum focused on the role of biochar in environmental restoration, especially in agricultural systems, as well as the role of agriculture in sustainable land management to address climate change impacts.

    Click or copy/paste link below for Roundtable slide decks and speech transcripts

    http://farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/ART_2019/Roundtable-2019-speakers

    https://www.ipcc.ch/report/srccl/

    Podcast produced by www.growloveproject.com

    • 26 min
    Dr. Francisco Ascui, Soil CRC/UTAS

    Dr. Francisco Ascui, Soil CRC/UTAS

    Australian Farm Institute 2019 Roundtable

    Session: Opportunities to build natural capital

    Facilitator: AFI General Manager, Katie McRobert

    Guest speaker: Dr. Francisco Ascui, Soil CRC and Adjunct Professor at University of Tasmania

    Presentation summary:

    Dr Ascui is an internationally recognised expert in environmental accounting and finance who has pioneered a new approach to evaluating natural capital credit risk in agricultural lending, and he is currently contributing to the work of the Soil CRC in this area. His AFI Roundtable presentation focused on the benefits of natural capital credit risk assessment for lenders, primary producers and the environment.

    Click or copy/paste link below for Roundtable slide decks and speech transcripts

    farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/ART_2019/Roundtable-2019-speakers

    Download the Spring 2019 Farm Policy Journal edition on “Managing agriculture’s ecosystem services”: http://farminstitute.org.au/publications/journal/farm-policy-journal-spring-2019

    Podcast produced by www.growloveproject.com

    • 12 min
    Dr. Stuart Whitten, CSIRO

    Dr. Stuart Whitten, CSIRO

    Australian Farm Institute 2019 Roundtable

    Session: Opportunities to build natural capital

    Facilitator: AFI General Manager, Katie McRobert

    Guest speaker: Dr. Stuart Whitten, Economist at CSIRO Land & Water

    Presentation summary:

    Dr Whitten discussed natural capital market design at the AFI Roundtable, noting that reasons we are interested in markets are:

    · Placing positive incentives on desired outcomes

    · Flexibility in individual responses

    · Encouraging cheapest effective change

    In combination these can drive innovation and the “gains from trade” that create new and better ways to secure the future for farmers, Dr Whitten said. He said trust is the lubricant that facilitates the information exchange which underpins markets and is critical for farmer participation in natural capital markets.

    Click or copy/paste link below for Roundtable slide decks and speech transcripts
    farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/ART_2019/Roundtable-2019-speakers

    Download the Spring 2019 Farm Policy Journal edition on “Managing agriculture’s ecosystem services”: http://farminstitute.org.au/publications/journal/farm-policy-journal-spring-2019

    Podcast produced by www.growloveproject.com

    • 11 min
    Tim Beshara, Wilderness Society

    Tim Beshara, Wilderness Society

    Australian Farm Institute 2019 Roundtable

    Session: Opportunities to build natural capital

    Facilitator: AFI General Manager, Katie McRobert

    Guest speaker: Tim Beshara, Federal Policy Director of The Wilderness Society

    Presentation summary:

    Tim’s role with The Wilderness Society is to engage with parliament and industry around biodiversity law reform. Tim has a background in environmental restoration and invasive species management and has extensive experience of how environmental policy is made including the role of ministers, political parties, ENGO groups, parliament and the press gallery. At the AFI Roundtable, Tim outlined ways the ag sector could ‘Australian-ify’ an ecosystem services model that works for our landscape, geographic and political.

    Click or copy/paste link below for Roundtable slide decks and speech transcripts

    farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/ART_2019/Roundtable-2019-speakers

    Download the Spring 2019 Farm Policy Journal edition on “Managing agriculture’s ecosystem services”

    http://farminstitute.org.au/publications/journal/farm-policy-journal-spring-2019

    Podcast produced by www.growloveproject.com

    • 9 min
    Dr. Manu Saunders, UNE

    Dr. Manu Saunders, UNE

    Australian Farm Institute 2019 Roundtable

    Session: Opportunities to build natural capital

    Facilitator: AFI General Manager, Katie McRobert

    Guest speaker: Dr. Manu Saunders, Ecologist at University of New England

    Presentation summary:

    Ecosystem services already play an invisible role in Australian agriculture, Dr Saunders told the AFI Roundtable. Production on many farms benefits from wild pollinators, natural enemies, healthy soil and native vegetation. The challenge, she said, is to find better ways to manage landscapes to sustain and value those ecosystems services, not deplete their supply, by focusing on the role of biodiversity in agroecosystems.

    Click or copy/paste link below for Roundtable slide decks and speech transcripts

    farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/ART_2019/Roundtable-2019-speakers

    Weekly Times article: https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/agribusiness/incentivising-stewardship-of-agricultures-natural-capital/news-story/544558f451b8e9ae1d3ac60d50d28c58

    Read UNE’s Farm Policy Journal article “Harmonisation of on-farm metrics for sustainability assessment of Australian agricultural industries”

    http://farminstitute.org.au/publications/journal/farm-policy-journal-spring-2019

    Podcast produced by www.growloveproject.com

    • 9 min
    Jock Whittle, MIRA & Paraway

    Jock Whittle, MIRA & Paraway

    Australian Farm Institute 2019 Roundtable

    Session: What support is needed to progress implementation of ecosystem services?

    Facilitator: AFI Chair, Andrew Spencer

    Guest speaker: Jock Whittle, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) & CEO Paraway Pastoral Company

    Presentation summary:

    Ag has a role to play in a low carbon future, Jock Whittle told the AFI Roundtable, and must find ways to halve emissions by 2050 yet increase food calorie production by 60% in the same period. Measurement is a challenge the industry needs to address, and MIRA are working with CSIRO to develop an emissions efficiency calculation tool called FarmPrint to benchmark farm emissions and environmental profiles such as water usage and soil health.

    Click or copy/paste link below for Roundtable slide decks and speech transcripts

    farminstitute.org.au/news-and-events/ART_2019/Roundtable-2019-speakers

    Download the Spring 2019 Farm Policy Journal edition on “Managing agriculture’s ecosystem services”

    http://farminstitute.org.au/publications/journal/farm-policy-journal-spring-2019

    Podcast produced by www.growloveproject.com

    • 16 min

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