The Biodiversity panel will be taking place on Sunday 7 June at 4pm. Be sure to tune in via the WED website, WED Facebook page or YouTube channel to join the discussion!

World Environment Day 2020 calls for urgent action to protect biodiversity

Joining us on the panel on biodiversity on 7 June are the following incredible guests:

Professor Stuart Parsons

"I have been studying bats for the past 28 years and am currently based at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. My main focus of research is the behavioural ecology of bats, and I have been lucky enough to do this not only in Australia, but also New Zealand, Europe, North and Central America, and is Asia. I am currently on the scientific Advisory Board for Bat Conservation International and am co-chair of the bat-human transmission working group established by the Chiroptera Specialist group of IUCN."

Meghan Halverson

President of Queensland Koala Crusaders Inc

Co-producer of Award winning film 'Making Room for Koalas'

Rachel Lyons

Wildlife Rescuer and Business Development Manager for Noosa and District Landcare

Sandra Tuszynska (PhD)

Environmental Projects Officer at Woodfordia

Soil Microbiologist with a special interest in fungi

"I run the Mycology Research Project at Woodfordia, which is a citizen science project engaging people in the study of fungi."

Susie Duncan

Coordinator - Hinterland Bush Links

"I have worked as a conservation biologist throughout Australia over the past 40 years. In 2011 I launched Hinterland Bush Links to bring a landscape-scale approach to conservation in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The key elements of the project are the delivery of on-ground habitat restoration and corridors, advocacy for protection of habitat, and community education."

Robyn Jackson

"I am currently president of Koala Action Gympie Region Inc. I have lived in the Gympie region for most of the past 40 years on 30 acres on the eastern side of Gympie. My husband and myself regenerated this property from a sad piece of overworked ex dairy farm to its current beautiful bushland. We have known that we had koalas in the district since shortly after moving here and on our own property since the 1990s when we had out first visitor to the house. I only really become involved with the future of koalas via our group about 4 years ago and together with my husband we have been working mainly on habitat regeneration in the district."

Vanda Gabrowski

Our guests will be introduced by Narelle McCarthy, Liaison and Advocacy, Sunshine Coast Environment Council.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be an intriguing discussion on biodiversity, Sunday 7 June at 4pm.

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