Tuesday 15 August 2023

 ANZIF Conference launched

Titled, Embracing Our Natural Capital: The Science, Technology and Art of Managing Forests For All Values, the 2023 ANZIF conference, will provide an exceptional learning and development opportunity.

The Forestry Australia and New Zealand Institute of Forestry joint event is an opportunity for forest scientists, managers and growers to come together to enhance our knowledge and explore the future of our forests and sector.

This year’s event is now only two months away and will be held on the Gold Coast from Sunday 15 to Wednesday 18 October, with over 300 people from both Australia and New Zealand already registered.

Forestry Australia CEO Jacquie Martin said the theme of the conference is active and adaptive management of natural capital using evidence-based and emerging innovation, technology, skills and knowledge to support our forests and secure our future.

“In addition, the conference will explore the collaboration and partnership opportunities with Māori, Traditional Owner, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the establishment and management of forests on farms,” Ms Martin said.

The program features over 130 speakers including Keynote Speaker Rayne van den Berg, Forico’s Chief Financial Officer who will present the Max Jacobs Oration on Creating Value from Forestry’s Natural Capital.

Other speakers include Sheam Satkuru, the Executive Director of the International Tropical Timber Organization presenting Sustainable tropical forestry—nature-based solutions to global challenges as well as former Federal Government front bencher, The Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon who will be sharing My journey to forestry and the art of advocacy.

Further to this, a plenary panel that will discuss The future of forestry, carbon and natural capital.

Panellists include Warren Parker, Pāmu (Landcorp Farming Ltd); Dr Libby Pinkard, CSIRO; Tim Woods, Industry Edge and David Brand from New Forests.

“We can’t wait to bring together the best minds from diverse corners of the forestry sector for this exceptional learning and development opportunity,” Ms Martin said.

“The conference will explore the many solutions that forestry offers to a range of contemporary problems and map out the future of forestry, so that it can continue to benefit Australia and New Zealand for generations to come,” Ms Martin said.

The ANZIF 2023 Conference will be held from Sunday 15 – Wednesday 18 October at Twin Towns Conference Centre, Tweed Heads, NSW.

Registrations are now open. Registration rates and further information can be found on the Conference website at

Images for keynote speakers Ms Rayne van den Berg, Dr Sheam Satkura and the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon for media use.


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