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End of Year Picnic - Melbourne Business & Biodiversity Circle #5

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Let's Celebrate 2023 & Launch our MB+BC 2024 Action Plan!

What a year it's been?! We've gathered throughout Naarm Melbourne's seasons and have successfully laid solid foundations to collectively tackle the Triple Planetary Crisis by starting in our own backyard - metropolitan Melbourne and the Two Bays (Nairm / Port Phillip and Warn marin / Marin biik / Western Port catchment areas). So, let's get together on Country to connect, reflect and celebrate. We'll be sharing an overview of the 2024 Action Plan which we worked on together in MB+BC#4 as well as hear from special guest speakers - Sam Rowland from the Sustainable Business Network (Aotearoa / New Zealand) and TBC from the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne team. Newcomers, friends and colleagues all welcome.

Join Us!

Hosts:

Matt Sykes, Regeneration Projects (B Corp & UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration actor)

Kerry Charles, Department of Energy, Environment & Climate Action, Victoria

Kara Ward & Hanneleh Salonen, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Program:

12:30 // Arrivals

1:00 // Acknowledgement of Country, 2023 Recap & 2024 Action Plan launch 

1:10 // Special guest presentations by Sam Rowland, Sustainable Business Network (Aotearoa / New Zealand) & TBC, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

1:30 // Informal picnicking & networking

3:00 // Close

About Sam Rowland, Sustainable Business Network (SBN)

Sam leads the Nature Regeneration System Change programme. She came to SBN from over a decade in Government, working to implement large scale national programmes focusing on monitoring, strategy and investment for nature. Sam is actively involved with grassroots community conservation and sustainability organisations establishing opportunities for people to be connected to nature and learn what they can do to help. She has worked with businesses at a local and national scale to create opportunities to learn and connect around sustainability.

BYO:

- A (bio-diverse) Plate to Share 

- Clothing for all seasons;)

Water bottle

- Picnic blanket

Note: Please avoid single use items.

Venue:

Oak Lawn @ Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

1. Enter via Oak Lawn Gate on Birdwood Avenue. (see interactive digital map)

2. Proceed to White Oak (large tree stump and seating area)

3. The Picnic will take place on the Oak Lawn behind the tree stump of the fallen White Oak

[Weather contingency: Tecoma Pavillion, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne VIC  - Enter via Tecoma Gate (Gate C)]

Background:

Emerging as a response to the Global Biodiversity Framework, the Melbourne Business & Biodiversity Circle' is a collaborative space where professionals working at the intersection of our economy and Nature can come together to share their knowledge, visions and anxieties in a positive, aspirational space. The Circle is being incubated by Regeneration Projects, a B Corp-certified consultancy which is also an actor in the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.


Past events: 

#0 - Dec 2022 - Prelude: Regeneration Projects attends the COP15 UN Biodiversity Convention in Montreal

#1 - March 10 - Business, Biodiversity & the Birrarung @ MPavilion (summary post & podcast)

#2 - May 22 - International Biodiversity Day @ Patagonia (summary post & video)

#3 - August 22 - Online: International Trends, Lessons & Partnerships (summary & recording)

#4 - Sept 26 - Workshop: Towards a multi-sector Impact Alliance (summary post)

Contact:

For any questions, please email nora@regenprojects.earth

Regen Projects team


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