On the 14th and 15th of March, TNRM,  in collaboration with The Research Institute for Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL) , hosted a workshop  to explore the  value of ecosystem services delivered by natural assets in the Northern Territory. 

The underlying premise of the workshop was that an improved understanding of the value of these services could help attract investment to protect them, but also would better inform the trade-offs being made in key decisions about Territory development.   An understanding of the true value of ecosystem services would also enable a better appreciation of the efforts of land managers working across the Territory to protect and enhance the delivery of ecosystem services.

The first day of the workshop took the form of a public presentations session, hosted by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. The day was split into three sessions with a total of ten presentations made to 97 registered participants. The presentations are available for download from our website.

Day two was convened as a closed session at Charles Darwin University with a group of 30 invited participants.  The day was structured around three sessions focused upon the technical and practical considerations for how an ecosystems services valuation might be approached in the Territory and whether it would be worthwhile to do this.
Reflecting upon the discussions of the previous two days, participants decided:

  • As a first step it would be worthwhile commissioning the extraction of simple model of Northern Territory Ecosystem services values from a broader global model, as a point of comparison with other jurisdictions and as a communications tool with which to engage decision-makers

  • A stakeholder group would be formed to pursue the improved valuation Northern Territory Ecosystems. Territory NRM was nominated to convene this group.




Territory Ecosystems Workshop 2018 Introduction

Alan Roe, Program Manager, Natural Resource Management


Valuing productive natural assets and ecosystems in grazed landscapes

Dr. Dionne Walsh, Rangeland Program Manager, Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR)

Valuing Ecosystems on Indigenous Lands

Ricky Archer, Project Coordinator, North Australian Indigenous Lands & Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA)


Turning big data into better decisions in the paddock

Mike Digby, Manager, FarmMap 4D

The experience of mapping ecosystems services at the catchment scale

Dr. Simone Maynord, Principal, Simone Maynard Consulting

Realising ecosystem values through carbon markets

Prof Jeremy Russell-Smith & Dr. Kamaljit Sangha, Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research (DCBR) & Charles Darwin University  


Valuing enhanced water quality in the Northern Territory

Prof Karen Gibb, Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University 

The NAKAU Programme

Robbie Henderson, Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University 


The Development of offset policies to recognise natural values

Dr. Peter Whitehead, Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University 

The role of financial institutions in valuing and investing in natural capital

Stephanie Russo, Manager, Natural Capital, National Australia Bank

Overview of ecosystem evaluation opportunities

Prof Robert Costanza, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU