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Farmer’s values drive the rehabilitation of land into forest gardens

Farmer’s values drive the rehabilitation of land into forest gardens

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Presenter:  Kamal Melvani, Phd Student, Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL), Charles Darwin University

Date: Mar 06, 2018

Time: 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Contact person:  Northern Institute
T: 08 8946 7468

Location:  Northern Institute, Yellow Building 1, Level 2, Room 48 (Savanna Room)

Target audience:  Open To the Public - All Welcome – Please Share

Abstract: The sustainability of forest gardens as a land rehabilitation model in tropical countries depends on farmers’ values for them. Forest gardens are increasing in Sri Lanka because farmers value them. To test this, we interviewed 85 farmers in 9 locations in the Intermediate zone (mean annual rainfall 1750-2500 mm). Interviews were conducted in 2 phases. Phase 1 used semi-structured questions focusing on what and why farmers valued forest gardens. In Phase 2, questions were open-ended and investigated strategies farmers adopted to adapt to rainfall variability, and animal pests. Values elicited were categorised into key themes including utility (food, income, fuelwood, timber, medicine), environmental (soil fertility and moisture), intrinsic (aesthetic, contentment), contingency (tree assets, fuelwood) and bequest. Of all, the most cherished were the utility values - provision of income and food. Farmers appreciated the shade cast by trees, friendly animals that frequented their lands and the salubrious environment. Land was developed not only for profit but also as a legacy bequeathed to their children. Although farmers attributed great value to trees/ long-term crops, they knew that short-term crops (paddy, vegetables) provided food. They were stressed by increasing rainfall variability and animal and insect pests. Farmers adopted many on-farm strategies to adapt to rainfall variability including increasing numbers of tree crops, diversifying short-term crops and changing their cultivation calendar. Long-term crops withstood impacts of animal stress only if they were timber and not fruit trees. Despite multiple stressors, farmers retained forest gardens because of their immense value, which proves that they are sustainable forest models.

About Kamal Melvani: Kamal Melvani (Kamy) has been engaged in the restoration of degraded land in Sri Lanka for more than a decade.  She specializes in ecological restoration of farmers’ lands and has several demonstration projects in Sri Lanka. Restoration techniques used include regenerative/organic agriculture, analog and conservation forestry. Her work in the bioremediation of nitrates in groundwater was listed as one of the world’s top ten water projects at the World Water Forum in 2009. Kamal holds a B.A. in Indian Philosophy from the University of Madras, India, M.Sc. in Integrated Water Resources Management from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and is completing a Ph.D. on the value of forest gardens at the Charles Darwin University, Australia. For more information on her projects please check:

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International Women's Day 2018 Morning Tea

International Women's Day 2018 Morning Tea

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Presenter:  Northern Institute, Charles Darwin Univeristy

Date: Mar 08, 2018

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Contact person:  Katrina Britnell, Partnerships Coordinator, Northern Institute
T: +61 8 8946 6838

Location:  Mal Nairn Auditorium, Charles Darwin University (Red 7 - Casuarina Campus)

Target audience:  Open to the public event - All Welcome - School groups are encouraged to attend

Join the Northern Institute for our 2018 Annual International Women's Day Morning Tea to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in the Northern Territory. Hear their stories and be inspired. The theme for this year's International Women’s Day is '#PressforProgress' 

Guest Speakers:

  • NT Administrator Her Hon Vicki O’Halloran
  • The Hon Lauren Moss MLA

Meet our female 2018 Northern Territory Australians of the Year:

  • Dr Bo Remendyi - NT Australian of the year
  • Kathy (Gotha) Guthadjaka - NT Senior Australian of the year
  • Bettina Danganbarr - NT Local Hero

This year we've partnered with the Australian Breastfeeding Association (Darwin-Palmerston and Rural,NT) to bring you a panel discussion ‘Paid work & Parenting: Policy Matters’ addressing returning to work as a primary carer of children, the challenges faced and the policies that make it easier - Panel Members:

  • The Hon Lia Finocchiaro MLA
  • Sally Sievers – NT Anti-Discrimination Commissioner
  • Megan Lawton – Women’s Network NT & Darwin Community Legal Service
  • Amy Harrison – Primary Carergiver
  • James Courtney – Primary Caregiver

A gold coin donation and cupcake fundraiser will support our event partners to buy breastpumps for returning to work mums.  

Delicious morning tea provided - Photobooth - Displays - Open to the public event - All Welcome - School groups are encouraged to attend

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World's Greatest Shave hosted by CDU Student Ambassadors

World's Greatest Shave hosted by CDU Student Ambassadors

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Presenter:  CDU Student Ambassadors

Date: Mar 14, 2018

Time: 9:00am to 2:00pm

Contact person:  Irta Oakley
T: 889466361

Location:  The Breezeway

Target audience:  This event is open for public and no RSVP required

We are volunteer students from Charles Darwin University and we are helping to raise money for the World's Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation!

We would love the support of our fellow students and staff members to come on down and celebrate this great cause!

Last year our university community raised over $1800 and we would like to top that this year with $3000 for our goal. Please sponsor our team efforts to give Aussie families facing blood cancer the emotional and practical support they need.

Pioneer Greek Women in Darwin

Pioneer Greek Women in Darwin

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Presenter:  Associate Professor George Frazis

Date: Mar 22, 2018

Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Contact person:  Associate Professor George Frazis
T: 89466486

Location:  CASUARINA CAMPUS, BLUE 5.1.01

Target audience:  This event is open for public. Please contact A/ Professor George Frazis on 8946 6486

Stories of Greek pioneer migrant women will be presented in this seminar from the early presence of Hellenes in the Northern Territory. Also, Descendants of the pioneer women will present their views with an emphasis in their contribution to the life in Top End.

Our aim is to reveal their life, hardships and achievements of women, who have helped in the development of the cultural and economic life of the Territory. 

How these women have contributed to the economic, political and social development of the Territory. What were their innovative ideas they introduced to Australia? Did they succeed or no? Are there any particular reasons of Greek women choosing to move to Darwin and not to another place, and vice versa?

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