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Coast to Coast 2018 Australia

April 16, 2018 - April 18, 2018

coast to coast 2018

The imposing cliffs, sandy beaches and sapphire waters of the rugged coast of Tasmania offer an experience of spectacular beauty.

Coast to Coast – Australia’s biennial national coastal management conference.

You are part of a large and diverse community of organisations and individuals involved in Australia’s coastal zone, or perhaps the coast of another nation. This conference is an essential part of your calendar whether you work in government, research, natural resource management, a community organisation or NGO, if you provide consultant services or represent a coastal industry.

In a period when many governments have to some extent retreated from this space, April 2018 in Hobart is an opportunity to take stock and reset the compass.  It is a time to re-energise, rejuvenate, re-engage, re-envision and rebuild the national coastal community.

We have designed Coast to Coast 2018 to encourage deep dialogue, inspiring presentations, rich stories, informative excursions, fruitful workshops, opportunities to strengthen connections and build new ones, and time for great conversations.

We encourage you to put the dates in your diary and register your interest through our website. We also invite you and your organisation to consider what you might contribute to the conference, for example by:

  • Registering yourself, and supporting other key staff to attend
  • Presenting a spoken paper or a poster (Abstracts now called), or other display
  • Convening a workshop or discussion
  • Showcasing your organisation’s or business’s work with an exhibition booth
  • Chipping in to help support this important event as a Sponsor

Early bird registration closes 31 January 2018

Coast to Coast themes and topics

  1. Working together
    Partnerships, collaboration, integration, governance, resourcing – challenges and solutions, ICZM, the RAC Inquiry recommendations 25 years on and the George Report. Lessons learned and future search – where to from now?
  2. The Changing Climate and Ocean
    Climate Change/Sea Level Rise as threats to natural coastal values and built infrastructure – adaptation and mitigation strategies and options; ocean warming and its effects on marine biodiversity, changed species distribution, introduced species including micro fauna and flora.
  3. Estuarine and Marine Environment/Sea Country
    Marine Protected Areas, estuarine and marine biodiversity, Sea and shorebirds and mammals.  Research and monitoring, managing data and knowledge, Ecosystem Based Management (EBM). Marine debris – including macroplastics to microplastics, oil and other spills – responses and rehabilitation
  4. Planning, Policy and Legal Frameworks
    Coastal planning, coastal use and development, infrastructure, tourism, urban growth, policy and law
  5. Land and Sea
    Natural Resource Management, catchment influences on estuaries and wetlands.  Water quality and wastewater management, the roles of Landcare and Coastcare. Indigenous coastal zone and Sea Country use and management, knowledge and understanding.
  6. Islands
    Management, conservation, ecology, biodiversity and biosecurity
  7. Science Knowledge, Education, Engagement and Awareness
    Science knowledge sharing between researchers and decision makers; raising skills, understanding, consciousness and engagement amongst decision makers, other players, communities, young people, ourselves
  8. The Next Generation
    Supporting, mentoring and developing leadership with the next generation of coastal managers, researchers, educators
  9. Art/culture/sense of place
    The coast as a source of inspiration, creative partnerships, engaging with the coast through art and culture, celebrations of the coast and waters, public art for awareness and connection, developing stewardship through art and culture, developing a sense of place with your coastal community.
  10. “Out of the box”
    Have your heard of TED, the organisation with the objective to spread ideas worth spreading from science to business to global issues? Do you have an idea that could change attitudes, lives, build knowledge, inspire people living and interacting with our coasts and oceans? If you have an idea worth spreading – something new, different, big small, this is the theme for you!



April 16, 2018
April 18, 2018
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Australian Coastal Society
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