On 14 October 2015, the Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan was awarded a Highly Commended in the environment category of the International Association for Public Participation-Australasia’s (IAP2) annual Core Values awards, which recognise outstanding projects at the forefront of public participation and community engagement. The awards are intended to encourage excellence and innovation in the field of public participation and community engagement – read more here.
We extend warm congratulations to all of this year’s award winners, listed here.
From the outset, the development of Foundations for the future was intended to be an open, inclusive and transparent process that enabled anyone in the Australian ecosystem science community to participate and influence the process. It is wonderful to see our efforts towards these principles recognised by the IAP2 with this award.
Everyone involved in developing the Plan – from the Steering Committee, to our major supporters like TERN, the ESA and AAS, to the town-hall attendees and survey respondents – should feel proud of our collective achievements to date in working together to build the future of Australian ecosystem science.