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Tobias Rowles, Greening Australia

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Jesse Collins, Greening Australia

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Andy Townsend, Tasmanian Land Conservancy


We welcome you to join us at ALCA’s seventh annual Private Land Conservation Conference, PLC23: Unite for Nature.


Global and national frameworks and initiatives are shining a stronger light on the central role of nature in underpinning our wellbeing, food security, economies and culture. At PLC23, we will be asking presenters and delegates to reflect on the increasing cross-sector initiatives that are driving our greater understanding and value of nature’s role in our broader society. We will be asking presenters and delegates to consider how we have as a sector benefited from cross-sectoral and cross-cultural alliances, and the increasingly critical role of private land conservation in addressing the challenges that our environment faces. We will be asking delegates to look forward to the future of opportunities for cross sector collaboration that will enable us to make lasting impacts.


In opening up our call for Abstracts, we invite you to share your knowledge, perspectives, research or experiences that will contribute to this unique forum and shape the growth and effectiveness of our positive actions for nature.


We very much look forward to receiving your abstracts and your continued support and interest in ALCA and the critical environmental sector we represent.

CONFERENCE THEME: Unite for Nature

Nature’s central role as the keystone of our wellbeing, food security, economies and cultures is well recognised. From parliament to community, around dinner tables and board tables, at farm gates and school gates, society is taking note and taking steps to remedy the declining condition of our natural environment. Together, we are driven by our collective responsibility to stem the tide of loss and decline. We recognise that for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, nature and culture are inextricably connected. We acknowledge and value the role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to play in managing Country today and their right to self-determination.


In response, innovative collaborations, long-standing partnerships and visionary thinking are unlocking finance, galvanising action and forging networks to amplify the ongoing, urgent management, protection and restoration of Country.

At PLC23, buoyed by a shared vision of a healthy and resilient Australia, we gather – it is a moment to stand together – as we Unite for Nature. 

ALCA’s Private Land Conservation Conference program is formed each year to support and progress sector and stakeholder knowledge and capacity related to the following Focus Areas. These focus areas remain consistent year on year

PLC23 Focus

Call for Abstracts for these concurrent Session Topics

** We encourage submissions from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, land managers and organisations across all topics and intend to ensure adequate integration of content into each session. See also specific Aboriginal Led sessions below.

Private land conservation in practice:

Case studies, initiatives and programs that are delivering enduring outcomes for private land conservation and restoration. Abstracts showcasing cross-sector partnerships and demonstrating lessons learned, and/or how challenges were overcome will be well-received. Likely to be an abundance of submissions, and we won’t be able to select them all - so make your submission count.
 Land and Water 

Connectivity conservation:

Seeking examples of collaboration and landscape connectivity projects that apply novel approaches to working across landscapes and demonstrate the practical interrelationship of economic, social and cultural connectivity. 
 Land and Wate People and Place 

Conservation in productive landscapes:

Case studies from productive landholders and industry groups implementing innovative conservation programs within/adjacent to productive properties. Case studies may include projects implemented through supported conservation programs, measuring and demonstrating impact, demonstrations where market drivers or incentives support production and conservation together.
 Land and Water  Economics and Finance 

Future Leaders:

Seeking abstracts for: programs that are targeting the next generation; outcomes delivered through or by early career starters; succession planning in conservation, restoration and land management; stories of the transfer of knowledge between generations related to nature. 
 Future Leaders 

First Nations:

We encourage submissions from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, land managers and organisations across all topics and intend to ensure adequate integration of content into each session. Noting that there have been specific sessions in the program assigned to be First Nations led sessions we invite submissions that showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led initiatives and programs that are delivering enduring outcomes for nature and culture, that share insights, successes and explore challenges. In recognising that accessibility may be a challenge due to remote working environments, we may also be able to integrate on-country pre-recorded video content – advise through your abstract submission if this would be preferred.
 First Nations 

Health and wellbeing:

The intersect of nature and health and wellbeing has never been more apparent.  Research has shown the benefits of actions such as tree planting on farms for social connectedness and being in natural areas for improved mental health and wellbeing.  This session will share knowledge and experience from programs that are at the cutting edge of this nature/health/community interface.
 People and Place 

Data and tools for evaluating nature:

Are you developing, testing or implementing tools and or monitoring and evaluating frameworks that measure biodiversity and/or natural capital on privately managed land? If so, we want to hear about it. How and where are they being applied – and for what purpose? What are they measuring and is it working? How are the tools/measures contributing to long-term biodiversity outcomes?

 Land and Water 

Science and knowledge:

Abstracts are sought for emerging science, ecological research and knowledge advances that are leading to and supporting the development, delivery and adaptation of private land conservation practice.

 Land and Water 

Business for Nature:

Are you a business that is or is seeking to understand and improve your relationship with nature? Are you a business that has developed a nature positive strategy? Have you begun piloting a natural capital accounting or Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) framework? Does your business support or implement conservation, nature-based solutions or natural capital? Are you an Aboriginal-led business focused on delivering impacts/outcomes for nature and culture?
 Economics and Finance 

Markets for Nature:

Abstracts are sought for projects, concepts or policy that have been created around emerging nature-based markets. These could include voluntary nature-related markets, method development related to carbon co-benefit or nature markets, or evaluation and integrity assurances.
 Economics and Finance 

Important Dates and Submission:

  • Abstract submissions close: Friday 16 June 2023

  • Notification of acceptance: Friday 7 July 2023

  • Early Bird Registrations open: Monday 5 June 2023

  • Pre-conference Workshops: Monday 16 October 2023

  • Conference sessions: Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 October 2023

  • Post-conference Field Trips: Thursday 19 October 2023


Abstracts will be reviewed by the PLC23 Conference Programming Group. There are a limited number of sessions at the conference, so preference will be given to submissions that offer stimulating perspectives that promote discussion and debate, encourage achievement, are delivered in a unique format, suggest solutions and align and add value to the conference themes and focus areas.


We invite you to submit an abstract for a presentation, case study, workshop style relevant to the specific discussion topics. Your submission will reflect the overarching conference theme “Unite for Nature” and you will need to identify which of the focus areas your submission relates to (may be multiple).  


Abstracts are sought from a diverse range of people and perspectives, sections of society and business, areas of practice, research and policy. We are seeking contributions from a wide range of disciplines, skills, knowledge bases and experience. Aligned with ALCA’s ongoing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access and Engagement Strategy, we seek to increase the participation and voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and groups. Please let us know if there are particular topics or conversations more relevant to you that you would like addressed at the conference or are interested in speaking on by emailing or through the submission portal.

Note: Presenters must register for the Conference at their own expense using the discounted speaker rate and meet their own travel and accommodation costs unless otherwise advised in writing.


  1. It is preferred that Abstracts are submitted online via the abstract portal. If this is not possible for you, please reach out to ALCA for support at and we will assist you in completing your submission.

  2. Abstract submissions close on Friday 16 June 2023. Please submit as early as possible prior to the deadline (in case you experience any technical difficulties or require additional information).

  3. Please identify and select the area of interest most relevant to your abstract and only submit your abstract once.

  4. Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words:
    + Abstract title
    + Keywords  
    + Background   
    + Summary.

  5. Identify your preferred presentation style: oral presentation, quick fire oral presentation, panel presentation, question and answer, workshop, case study, video, Storytelling. We will do our best to meet your preferred presentation style, however this cannot be guaranteed, and we may offer you an alternative presentation option

  6. Please do not include references or diagrams. Please avoid abbreviations and citations in the abstract. Please avoid complex mathematical formulae and Greek letters.

  7. All funding sources should be acknowledged at the end of the abstract and included in the word count. Should this information be extensive you will be able to send it separately after the submission deadline if necessary.

  8. You will be notified as to whether you will be invited to participate by Friday 7 July 2023.

  9. Presenters must register for the Conference at their own expense using the discounted speaker rate and meet their own travel and accommodation costs unless otherwise advised in writing. At least one author of each successful abstract must register for the event.

  10. The first author will be considered the key contact author for the abstract, please no more than 3 abstracts per first author. Emails concerning the abstract will be sent to the first author of the abstract.

  11. Abstracts may be published on the ALCA website. Please indicate if you do not want your abstract to published at the time of submission.

  12. Conference sessions may be recorded and made available for viewing 3 months after the conference and may be used for ALCA marketing collateral, if you have any concerns with this please contact