Biodiversity Symposium

FNCV Biodiversity Symposium

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Triplet Falls, Otway Ranges.
Photographer: J. Hubregtse

In Australia, September is designated as Biodiversity Month by the Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Each year since 2002, the FNCV marks the month with a symposium held to promote the importance of protecting, conserving and improving biodiversity. Each Symposium focuses on a specific theme, the subject of which has been drawn from a variety of local and international events and movements. In some cases the theme has been aligned with the UN International Year calendar; in others, activities and issues of significance to local biodiversity have formed the subject of discussion.

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Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans).
Photographer: I. Kitchen

Many of the symposia are two-day events, with the first day devoted to presentations by invited speakers, and the second to a fieldtrip to relevant local sites. In most cases the papers presented at the symposium have been subsequently collected and published as a special issue of the FNCV journal The Victorian Naturalist. In the following list of Biodiversity Symposia themes, those that have been published are marked with an asterisk (*).

2021symposia cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions
2020symposia cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions
2019Environmental Restoration or Green Deserts and Ecological Traps?
2018Introducing the FNCV
2017Marine Biodiversity in the 21st Century
Birds of Victoria
2016Reptiles and Amphibians of Victoria
2015Impacts on Biodiversity During the Anthropocene
Mammals of Victoria
2014Farming and Conservation
2013Water and biodiversity
2012Working together for ecological outcomes*
2010Melbourne's biodiversity - past and present*
2008Birds and the environment*
2007The work of FNCV Special Interest Groups
2006Invasive species*
2005Joint meeting with Royal Society of Victoria:
lecture by Dr Peter Harris (Geosciences Aust)
2004Digging deeper in the bay
2003Burning Issues: fire in south-east Australia*
2002Review of Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988*