The Northern and Rural Australian Research Programme is pleased to release its latest Feature Interview Justin Bellanger: The Dieback Threat to the Forests of Western Australia.
Phytophthora dieback poses a significant threat to the Australian environment. This introduced plant pathogen spreads easily, causing disease, death and potential extinction in susceptible plants and the loss of habitat for native animals. It poses a major threat to over 40 per cent of the native flora in Western Australia, particularly in the South-West regional area. Justin Bellanger, from the South Coast Natural Resource Management agency recently spoke to FDI, outlining the extent of the disease, its impacts and the work his organisation is doing in dealing with the problem.
The paper can also be downloaded directly from the Future Directions International website at: http://www.futuredirections.org.au/all-publications/.
Keith Pekin: Implementing Regenerative Agriculture in WA
The health of our agricultural soils is declining caused by salinity, acidity and other factors. West Australian farmers, with support from government, are working hard to improve their soil and land management practices to ensure their ability to be able to produce the food needed to feed our future population.
Corporate Social Responsibility: Benefits for Business and Community
While large multinational corporations traditionally dominate the field of corporate social responsibility, there is significant potential for small- to medium-sized Australian businesses to benefit their local communities by adopting effective corporate social responsibility practices. Indeed, many such businesses unknowingly already conduct programmes aligned to community support; formalising these practices can have significant positive effects for both the practising business and the community.
Dr Richard George: The Threat to the West Australian Agricultural Sector from Dryland Salinity
Dryland salinity affects more than two million hectares of non-irrigated farmland in Australia. Half of that total is located in Western Australia. In this interview, Dr George outlines the extent and trend of dryland salinity in WA before discussing some of the approaches that are being made to manage it.
UN Environment Assembly: Spotlight on Rangelands and Pastoralism
How will Australia’s policies for sustainable management and protection of its rangelands measure up in the upcoming UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030?
The Australian National Landcare Programme
The National Landcare Programme is the latest iteration of a series of organisations focused on landcare and sustainable agriculture issues. The Programme coordinates several sub-programmes and funding stream components. These components include a National Stream of funding, a Regional Stream of funding, an Indigenous component and a Marine component. In this paper, FDI will describe and discuss the history, structure, objectives and achievements of the National Landcare Programme in preparation for a more detailed analysis of the various components of the programme in the future.
Northern and Rural Australian Research Programme