Environmental Professionals to Share Knowledge at Tamar Forum

Industry leaders and environmental professionals will come together to share ideas at the 2nd kanamaluka/Tamar Forum, hosted by the Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers (TEER) Program and EIANZ,with support from DairyTas, on Thursday 24th October.

TEER Program Coordinator, Dr. Jo Fearman, said the inaugural forum in 2016 highlighted the benefits of shared knowledge and ideas, with this year’s forum building on that knowledge and celebrating 10 years of the TEER program.

“There’s misconception in the community that the kanamaluka/Tamar is an unhealthy estuary void of life, however understanding the function and features of the estuary highlights the value of the kanamaluka/Tamar and its rivers, and sets community expectations about how the estuary should look”, Dr. Fearman said.

Representatives from many organisations work together throughout the year to manage the character of the kanamaluka/Tamar, and the forum will give the public a fantastic opportunity to hear about a variety of topics including sea level rise, biodiversity, sediment and flood management and an update on investment made as part of the River Health Action Plan.

This year’s forum will also celebrate 10 years of the TEER program, a partnership between agencies responsible for the management of the Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers, to improve the scientific understanding of issues impacting on the catchment.

Partners include local councils and state government, Hydro Tasmania, TasWater, Environmental Protection Authority, NRM North, University of Tasmania (IMAS) and primary industry representatives.

Kings bridge in the morning
Kings Bridge in the morning

The day provides an opportunity for environmental professionals and community to share knowledge and experience

Kathryn Pugh, EIANZ

Kathryn Pugh from the EIANZ said interdisciplinary discussion was imperative to ensure future management actions of the estuary are well considered and based on scientific understanding. “The day provides an opportunity for environmental professionals and community to share knowledge and experience”.

The Tamar Forum runs from 9am to 4.30pm on Thursday, 24th October at the Tailrace Centre in Riverside.