In 2018, the Department of Environment and Science hosted the inaugural KoalaCollab event. Industry professionals, researchers, and community groups gathered to share their knowledge, research outcomes, and to collaborate on the threats facing wild koala populations.
The South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy 2020–2025 aims to safeguard the future of the species and reverse the decline of koala populations across SEQ by identifying actions which can stabilise koala populations in the region. The six key actions include:
- habitat protection
- habitat restoration
- threat management
- improved mapping, monitoring, research and reporting
- community engagement
- partnership and strategic co-ordination.
KoalaCollab Conference Series 2021 will focus on the action area of Community Engagement. Successful koala conservation relies on a collaborative approach across all sectors, and communities have a critical role to play in protecting local koalas.
A coordinated and collaborative approach to habitat protection, restoration and threat mitigation is imperative to achieving the targets and halting the decline in koala populations within the life of the Strategy, and growing koala populations in the long-term.
KoalaCollab 2021 is a series of six 2.5 hour online sessions where leading experts will present on a range of koala conservation topics. There will be opportunities for discussion with a Q&A forum at the end of each session.
Koala mapping, remote sensing and habitat modellingWednesday 13 October
Technical experts will provide insight into how koala mapping and modelling is created. Learn how these techniques can assist in adapting management actions and improve conservation outcomes for koalas in the future.
Koala conservation, planning, legislation and policyWednesday 20 October
Presenters will discuss how koala related legislation is developed and implemented across Queensland. Learn how prohibited clearing and consistency in assessment at the state level can ensure koalas persist in SEQ.
Koala threats and mitigation programsWednesday 27 October
Koalas face a range of environmental stresses including habitat loss, impacts from high intensity bushfires and climate change, disease, dog attacks and car strikes. Learn more about these threats and explore how they are being mitigated from leading koala experts.
Securing, protecting and restoring koala habitatWednesday 3 November
Protecting and restoring habitat is necessary to stabilise koala populations and achieve a net gain in core koala habitat. Government and private experts will discuss how koala habitat can be secured, protected and restored to safeguard 10,000 hectares of koala habitat
Rescue, rehabilitation, relocation, and release of koalasWednesday 10 November
Rescuing and rehabilitating koalas goes beyond saving koalas’ lives. Learn how it enhances community awareness and engagement, and results in improved and informed advocacy for koala protection.
Koala survey and monitoring techniquesWednesday 17 November
Effective monitoring is critical in understanding the impacts of climate change on SEQ koala populations and applying adaptive management to their conservation. Explore how continuous surveys can help inform management decision making and boost our understanding of koala distribution.