ONLINE FORUMS: Farm Biodiversity Scheme Trial

In 2019 the Australian Government announced funding for the implementation of an Australian Farm Biodiversity Scheme to be developed and led by the National Farmers' Federation. As part of the Agriculture Stewardship Package, the aim of the scheme is to reward farmers for managing biodiversity on farm through market-based mechanisms and thus enable the continued provision of natural capital benefits to the wider community. 

The AFI is conducting Phase 1 of the Scheme, focused on desktop and consultative research, reviewing international best practice management standards for relevant agricultural biodiversity programs. The project for this phase will underpin the practical development and trial of biodiversity market mechanisms to be developed in phases 2 and 3.

An integral part of Phase 1 is a series of consultative forums between March and May to identify critical success factors that will be required for implementation of biodiversity schemes in Australia. Due to the impacts of COVID-19 on travel and gatherings, these forums will all be conducted online

To maximise opportunities for participation and engagement, each forum will be limited to a maximum of 50 people (but will ideally host around 35) and will be targeted to local areas. Forums will be designed to gather feedback, while webinars (while still interactive) will be more focused on delivering information. 

**If a forum focused on your region is fully subscribed, please feel free to register for another 'non-local' option. (NB: If all forums and webinars become fully subscribed in a short time we will add another webinar to the schedule.)

Click the links below to register for a webinar or a regionally-focused online forum:

Most forums will run from 9am-12pm local time (please check individual event pages)

Webinars will run from 2pm-4pm AEST 

NOTE: A webinar recording will be made available on the AFI website