Soil management overview
Tuesday 3 May
Australia’s National Soils Advocate, the Honourable Penelope Wensley AC explained her role and the reasons why the Australian Government believes that such a role makes a valuable contribution to the stewardship of the country’s soils.
Former Governor of Queensland and distinguished Australian diplomat, the Honourable Penelope Wensley AC, has a long-held interest and substantial experience in natural resource management, environmental and sustainable development matters, and in Australia’s response to national and global challenges in these areas.
Ms Wensley was a key contributor to the negotiation of several landmark international treaties to address environmental challenges though the United Nations in her roles as Australian Ambassador for the Environment from 1992 to 1996, as Ambassador to the UN, Geneva 1993-96 and Ambassador to the UN, New York, 1997-2001.
As State Governor, Ms Wensley was active in promoting environmental knowledge and awareness and was a strong supporter of community groups and organisations involved with environmental management, conservation and protection, including as State Patron of Queensland Water and Land Carers.
Ms Wensley is: Patron of Soil Science Australia; Patron of the Soil CRC; Chairman of the Australian Institute of Marine Science Council; Chairman of the Reef Advisory Committee and an Honorary Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.
Ms Wensley has held many leadership roles, nationally and internationally. In addition to her knowledge of the environment and environmental policy, she brings to the position of National Soils Advocate, substantial expertise in public policy development, strategy development and implementation, communication and negotiation, and community and stakeholder engagement.
Overview of soil C and implications for other nutrients
Speaker: Dr Mark Farrell, CSIRO, Australia
Panellist: Prof Richard Eckard, The University of Melbourne
Principles, objectives and constraints of managing soil carbon in Europe and the UK
Speaker: Prof David Powlson, Rothamsted Research, UK
Panellist: Dr Gabriel Moinet, WUR Netherlands
Chair: Dr Debby van Rotterdam, Nutriënten Management Instituut BV, Netherlands