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RiverForum: Rivers on Fire & Flood

Port Macquarie | 20-21 April 2021 | Hybrid

THE JOURNEY TO RESILIENCE

About this Event

RiverForum: Rivers on Fire & Flood – The Journey to Resilience

As Australia continues to recover and learn from the devastating nationwide bushfires of 2020, the Rivers on Fire event series was run by the International RiverFoundation with the aim of understanding the impacts of, raising awareness to, and creating a call for action to address the effects of fire on waterways and surrounding communities. With so much happening in the world right now, Rivers on Fire will brought this critical topic back into focus.

We are all aware of the destructive floods that occurred throughout NSW and parts of Queensland last year. The home of this RiverForum; Port Macquarie was one of the hardest hit regions. We have extended the theme of the forum from Rivers on Fire to Rivers on Fire & Flood. Many of our presenters  extended their work to show delegates not only the impacts of fires on rivers but also floods.

A percentage of all registrations went to the ongoing flood and fire recovery efforts in the Port Macquarie region.

Our speakers included Dr Rebecca Flitcroft from the United States Forest Service at the Pacific Northwest Research Station and Prof Stuart Khan from the University of New South Wales as two of our keynotes.  Rebecca will shared her experiences around the California wildfires, while Stuart’s has been leading to raise awareness around the impacts of the Australian bushfires on our drinking water supplies.  In addition, we had a wide range of speakers who discussed topics such as indigenous knowledge, modelling, sanitation and health, water quality and the impacts on aquatic life.