Managing Natural Resources in Canada

Natural Resource Management issues faced in Canada are not that dissimilar to those in Australia according to Randy Milton, Manager of Wildlife Resources with the Ecosystems and Habitats Program, with the Department of Natural Resources in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Randy Milton

Randy Milton

“A lot of the issues are the same though the scales may be different,” says Randy, a colleague of Institute Director Professor Max Finlayson. Randy first met Max in 1999 at a Ramsar meeting in Costa Rica. Like Max he is a member of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands’ Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP).
The two have worked together on the United Nations Environment Program’s Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a couple of academic papers, and, as STRP members, on documents for various resolutions.
His week- long visit to Australia in March was a social one – to catch up with Max for his 60th birthday and “to get away from two metres of snow back home.” Read more of this post

Dr Tashi Samdup

Dr-Tashi-Samdup

From left : Karma Tenzing, Dr Tashi Samdup and Kuenga Namgay at CSU Thurgoona.

A visitor to the Institute on August 14 was Dr Tashi Samdup, Director of the Council for Renewable Natural Resources of Bhutan. Dr Samdup was in Australia for a week to meet with two Institute PhD students, Kuenga Namgay and Karma Tenzing, whom he supervises.  Kuenga, who has been in Australia for three and a half years, is close to finishing his PhD and Karma has been here for one year. The other reason for Dr Samdup’s visit was to discuss possible research collaboration between the Council and CSU, in particular its environmental science program, and members of the Institute’s Improving Rural Livelihoods in Developing Countries SRA, in particular Dr Joanne Millar and Dr Rik Thwaites.

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Landcare in Japan

Tomomi Maekawa

Tomomi Maekawa from Tokyo Institute of Technology

The Institute is playing a role in helping introduce Australia’s highly successful Landcare movement to Japan. Currently it is hosting a Japanese student scholar, Tomomi Maekawa, a PhD student with Tokyo Institute of Technology, who is studying Landcare in Australia. Tomomi is based at the Albury-Wodonga campus. She arrived in Australia at the beginning of June and will be here for a year during which time she will be mentored by Prof Allan Curtis, who has done a lot of research on Landcare.

Last month she was joined by her supervisor Professor Toshio Kuwako from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Professor Michael Seigel and Dr  Kazuki Kagohashi, from Nanzan University. Read more of this post

Australia’s Landcare under international scrutiny

Photo from Left Dr Kazuki Kagohashi, Research Fellow from Nanzan University ; Rob Youl, President of Australian Landcare International; Prof Toshio Kuwako, Tokyo Institute of Technology (and Tomomi’s supervisor); Prof Allan Curtis, ILWS; Tomomi Maekawa, a visiting student scholar (Doctoral) from Tokyo Institute of Technology, and in Australia for a year based here at CSU’s Albury-Wodonga campus; and Prof Michael Seigel, from the Nanzan Institute for Social Ethics, Nanzan University.

Photo from Left Dr Kazuki Kagohashi, Research Fellow from Nanzan University ; Rob Youl, President of Australian Landcare International; Prof Toshio Kuwako, Tokyo Institute of Technology (and Tomomi’s supervisor); Prof Allan Curtis, ILWS; Tomomi Maekawa, a visiting student scholar (Doctoral) from Tokyo Institute of Technology, and in Australia for a year based here at CSU’s Albury-Wodonga campus; and Prof Michael Seigel, from the Nanzan Institute for Social Ethics, Nanzan University.

Ms Tomomi Maekawa, who is a fellow with ILWS and PhD student with Tokyo Institute of Technology, was joined by her supervisor Professor Toshio Kuwako from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Professor Michael Seigel from Nanzan University and another Japanese expert, as well as the chair of Australian Landcare International Mr Rob Youl. During their stay on the Border, the visitors met with local Landcare groups and ILWS research professor Allan Curtis, Australia’s leading expert on the Landcare movement.

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