Cultivating the seeds – What is next?
up on the working groups
During the seminar
3 working groups were formed. Some of the proposals
have been put into practice:
- An exchange of information in bush regeneration/revegetation
techniques through letters and e-mails is happening.
- An exchange of information in conservation areas
management has been done. Environmental management
plans from Willoughby City Council were sent to
- A letter was sent to Jurerê Internacional
reinforcing the need of a great protection of the
and communication group
- A webpage regarding the Brasil/Australia exchange
was established in 2002 – www.cleanwater.net.au.
- It has been an exchange of e-mails and letters
among those who participated in the seminar.
- A poster presentation (anchor to the poster abstract
in this page) regarding the Brasil/Australia exchange
will be held in Darwin at the Landcare
Conference (link to www.landcareconference.nt.gov.au) – April
- Possibility of information and experience exchange
with different countries (i.e. China).
Hold in October 2004in
In March 2005 the ongoing interchange process (link to the Conference Paper – a PDF Document)
was presented at the Beyond Declaratios:
Working Partnerships for Sustainability National Conferece by a representative from Instituto
Ambiental Ratones and a representative from Willoughby City Council.
for Poster Presentation
Sharing knowledge in ecosystem restoration: generating
a unique collaboration between Australia and Brazil.
Bernhard, A.; Scherer-Widmer,
M.; Hayes, R.; Brodie, L.
regenerators and members of the local community from
Australia and Brazil participated in a unique seminar
on the island of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis
- Brazil, in April 2002. Over 70 people attended
the event, including professionals from the bush
regeneration industry, TAFE and university lecturers,
government staff, non-government organizations, students,
and consultants. The seeds were planted for an ongoing
exchange of information about restoration of degraded
ecosystems due to weed invasion, deforestation and
other land use. The group of Australians also visited
other Brazilian examples of community planting projects
and environmental education initiatives. This sharing
of information is vital to increase the effectiveness
of efforts made to preserve and restore ecosystems.
The seminar was an inaugural step to establish a
flow of ideas and experiences which can provide solutions
to our shared environmental problems. A website – www.cleanwater.net.au -
was established to continue this process and the
next step will be when Brazilians come for a return
visit to Australia to see our projects first hand.
The lessons of the Landcare movement are relevant
in many parts of the world. This project has shown
how worthwhile working and learning together at a
grass roots level can be.