Biodiversity conservation and recovery in Victoria

A conversation with business, government, academic and community leaders on World Environment Day.

There is nothing more important to humanity’s continued existence than sustaining a healthy natural environment. Yet despite efforts in recent decades, many native plant and animal species remain under threat as Victoria’s biodiversity continues to decline.

All sectors of society have a role to play in addressing these challenges and, when faced with a problem as big as the survival of the natural world, how might we best align our efforts to gain the best outcomes from available resources?

This World Environment Day, join leaders from government, industry, the community and academia, who will provide their perspectives on protecting and recovering Victoria’s biodiversity.

In this special online event presented by the Parliament of Victoria, the Royal Society of Victoria and Victorian Parliamentarians for STEM, panellists will explore:

  • initiatives within the private sector to invest in and protect natural systems
  • opportunities for First Nations peoples to restore relationships with Country as a feature of cultural landscape management
  • science-based interventions and investment tools that can guide and resource local people in restoring ecological health to Victorian regions.


Panellists (left to right) Ms Fern Hames, Mr Damein Bell, Ms Judith Downes, Professor Brendan Wintle

(left to right)

Ms Fern Hames, Director, Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning)

Mr Damein Bell, Atlantic Fellow and previously CEO, Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation

Ms Judith Downes, Chair, Bank Australia

Professor Brendan Wintle, Conservation Ecologist and previously Director, Threatened Species Recovery Hub

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Date and time

Sunday 5 June, 2022
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Parliament presents


This event was streamed live as part of our 'Parliament presents' series, which features conversations with some our state's leading experts, working across all sectors of the Victorian community.

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Parliament presents

Watch some of the previous conversations we have hosted as part of our 'Parliament presents' series of live events, featuring leading voices from across the Victorian community.