A series of webinars will get our greatest pest and weed threats into perspective

Learn what pests and weeds to look out for by viewing the 2021 Environmental Biosecurity Webinar Series.

This series of seven monthly webinars and discussions will focus on the recently released National Priority List of Exotic Environmental Pests, Weeds and Diseases (EEPL).

It will explore what is on the list, its ongoing development and how it will help manage risks to Australia’s biosecurity.

Each webinar will welcome three guest speakers presenting in the first hour, followed by 30 minutes of facilitated discussion.

These are the webinars to watch out for:

  • Biosecurity. A weakness in one is a vulnerability to all . 15 April 2:00-3:30pm(AEST)
  • Connecting the EEPL to the People – All about the National Priority List of Exotic Environmental Pests, Weeds and Diseases. 13 May 2:00-3:30pm(AEST)
  • Where there’s a path, there’s a way. An overview of pest entry pathways . 3 June 2:00-3:30pm(AEST)
  • Pests & ecosystems – exploring risks to forests and parklands. 1 July 2:00-3:30pm(AEST)
  • Pests & ecosystems – exploring risks to marine and freshwater environments . 5 August 2:00-3:30pm(AEST)
  • Pests & ecosystems – exploring risks to wildlife in their environments. 2 September 2:00-3:30pm(AEST)
  • Opening the toolbox. Tools and technology for detection, control and eradication. 7 October 2:00-3:30pm(AEDT)
  • National Environmental Biosecurity Forum TBA November

The title of the first webinar in this series ‘A weakness in one is a vulnerability for all’ is a line taken directly from the report and reinforces the value of environmental biosecurity to a strong biosecurity system.

Whether it be plant, animal, human, or environmental biosecurity, everything is connected. An incursion in one part of the system will have flow-on effects to our health, amenity, culture and economy.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s purpose, objectives and priorities statement released last year reflects the significance of these relationships, connecting biosecurity with protecting our way of life.

In comparison to the exotic pests of production plants and animals, our understanding of threats to our environment are still limited.

The release of the National Priority List of Exotic Environmental Pests, Weeds and Diseases (EEPL) will deliver on these objectives and will help strengthen our knowledge of exotic pests, weeds and diseases that pose the highest risk to our environment, public spaces, heritage and way of life.

The list will be used to enable and prioritise activities that help prevent their entry, establishment and spread.

In this series we will discover:

  • Why a well-connected and collaborative biosecurity system is crucial to success.
  • How and why the the EEPL was developed and how it will help identify and manage the risk of exotic pests, weeds and diseases entering or establishing in Australia.
  • What are pathways? What’s a hitchhiker? And, how do we know where to look?
  • Which environmental pests, weeds and diseases are of most concern and what could they affect?
  • More about some of the species identified in the EEPL as ‘most unwanted’.

It is planned to hold a National Environmental Biosecurity Forum in early November 2021. Expressions of interest will be collected via the Eventbrite registration process and RSVPs will be collected at a later date.

Registration

To register your interest for the webinars, please click here ‘Select a date’ and complete the registration form for ONE of the sessions (you will not need to register for more than one).

Once registered, you will then be emailed the Microsoft Teams joining link and program for each session as it becomes available.

Registration does not commit you to attend the sessions. By registering, you are expressing an interest in receiving information to join that session and the program via email.

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