Nature and People as One: Celebrating and Restoring Connection
The 10th World Conference on Ecological Restoration will focus on the important, and often neglected connection between culture and nature, including the role of restoration in enhancing and rebuilding that connection. The conference theme encourages us to consider our own relationship with nature and the interweaving of human and ecological well being, as well as to reflect on and pay respect to the deep interconnectedness and reciprocity between nature and Indigenous and traditional communities around the world. While the theme of the conference will elevate the value of traditional and local ecological knowledge and practice, SER2023 welcomes presentations and information on all aspects of restoration, especially as outlined in the conference sub-themes.
SER2023 is being planned in cooperation with the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER)-Australasia and many other partners in Australia’s Northern Territory, the home of the Aboriginal Larrakia people, the Traditional Owners of the area. The conference logo is inspired by the mangrove leaf, chosen for the species’ adaptability and importance for ecological health and ecosystem services. The ochre color scheme honors the strong aboriginal culture in the Northern Territories.