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Road to recovery: Darwin to host ecological restoration conference

Scientists, practitioners, and policy makers involved in the restoration of the world’s damaged ecosystems will convene in Darwin for an international conference.

The city, in Australia’s Northern Territory, will host between 800-1,200 international delegates when it hosts the World Conference on Ecological Restoration in 2023.

The conference was secured by convention bureau NT Business Events, host venue Darwin Convention Centre, and local host, the Society of Ecological Restoration Australia.

Tourism Australia supported the bid through its Business Events Bid Fund Program.

“This is a great win for Darwin and Australia, and we’re thrilled to be able to support the conference through Tourism Australia’s Bid Fund Program,” said Phillipa Harrison, managing director of Tourism Australia. “Business events, such as the 2023 World Conference in Ecological Restoration, are a critical part of Australia’s visitor economy and play a key role in generating tourism activity as well as trade, investment and employment opportunities. We look forward to welcoming delegates to Australia and showcasing our world-class business events facilities and extraordinary experiences.”

The Society of Ecological Restoration has members in more than 70 countries and has 13 regional chapters worldwide. It advances the science, practice and policy of ecological restoration to sustain biodiversity, improve resilience in a changing climate, and re-establish an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture.

Rebecca McCaig, director of Northern Territory Business Events, said: “We were delighted to be part of such a successful partnership to bring this prestigious international conference to the Northern Territory in 2023,” she said.  “We’re confident that the NT’s pristine environment, amazing biodiversity, ecological awareness and ancient cultural connections will enhance the conference outcomes in 2023.”

She added: “We hope that many delegates will take up the opportunity to undertake pre and post conference touring throughout the NT to experience many of these unique elements for themselves.”

The Northern Territory Government recognises the value of business events through the ongoing Northern Territory Business Events Support Fund which is administered by Northern Territory Business Events.  It provides support to eligible events which are at the consideration or bidding stage and which align with the Northern Territory’s priority industry sectors. These include land management, agribusiness, renewable energy, minerals, mining and gas, health, education, tourism, space and digital sectors, as well as creative industries and defence.

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