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Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Wakefield Futures Group, as part of the Sustainable Futures series.

Stepping up our pathways to protect the invaluable contributions of environmental stewardship for people, nature and cultures is the defining challenge of our next decades. It is also is the greatest opportunity for human creativity.

In this presentation, Dr Rosemary (Ro) Hill draws on the latest assessment from the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which showed that nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history. Around 1 million species are threatened with extinction, and 75% of terrestrial environment ‘severely altered’ to date by human actions (marine environments 66%). She also highlights how with a step-change in transformative efforts, fostering a fundamental, system-wide reorganisation across technological, economic and social factors, with contributions from many, humanity can meet this challenge.

This event is part of a series exploring sustainable futures.


Dr Rosemary (Ro) Hill is an internationally-recognised expert in the science of ecosystem governance and multiple knowledge systems for sustainability. She is a principal research scientist with CSIRO Land and Water and an Adjunct Associate Professor with James Cook University.

Ro applies her research to generating solutions in three main fields: biodiversity and biocultural diversity assessment and policy; governance and planning for climate and environmental change; and Indigenous environmental management. She has extensive experience in systems-thinking, transdisciplinary applied science, and in co-designed research with Indigenous peoples. She has published more than sixty peer-reviewed papers on these topics. Ro is a Member of the World Commission on Protected Areas and the Collaborative Governance Working Group of the Program on Ecosystem Change and Society.

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This event is part of a series exploring our sustainability, co-presented by The Wakefield Futures Group. Other events in this series include:

The Many Dimensions of Sustainability
Human Health, Wellbeing and an Ageing Population - their Place in a Sustainable Future
Sustainability and the Law
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) does not measure economic welfare. Can the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) do better? 
Are Citizens' Assemblies the Political Key to a Sustainable Future?

Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Wakefield Futures Group


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