CCI lunchtime seminar- Australian oases and a proposal for a global assessment of desert springs

Event Date: 
18 Jun 2019 -
12:30 to 13:30
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Desert Ecosystems form oases in otherwise inhospitable landscapes and recur across the globe. They can
have unique biological attributes including endemic species of fish, snails, crustacea and plants. They also
have common cultural values as meeting places, health spas, oracles and fertility sites.
Over recent decades in Australia these oases have been well studied so we now have a detailed
understanding of their biological values and also the story of their demise, survival and ongoing
The Adani Carmichael Coal mine is a high profile proposed development that may impact on important
spring wetlands. The Australian research could provide a basis for collating biological and cultural data from
desert springs in other regions of the world. The ultimate aim of such a project would be to assign natural
and cultural values to the desert springs of the world, develop appropriate protection for sites of high
significance and to raise awareness. It will also bring people from a range of cultures to share perspectives
on the value and protection of these iconic features.
Rod Fensham will be presenting ideas for a global assessment of desert springs at 12:30 - 13:30, followed by
a small group discussion for those interested to discuss plans for the development of the proposal.
Could all those potentially interested in joining the discussion following the presentation please contact Will
Darwall ( as the available room (2.48) is only able to accommodate around 12 people.
12:30 - 13:30, Tuesday 18 June, MPhil Teaching Room
(Level 3, East Tower)