Populate Wilderness Or Perish: Barry Traill

Barry Traill

TEDxSydney 2014 · 26 April 2014

Wilderness is untouched by humans and must be kept that way if it is to survive, right? Well, there are fewer people living in Australia's Outback wilderness now than at any other time in the last 50,000 years – and it is under threat. The Outback, Dr Barry Traill explains, ranks alongside the Amazon and the Antarctic for its sheer size and diversity of wildlife. But, as director of a 10-year project to conserve the Outback for the Pew Charitable Trusts, Dr Traill explains that more people, not less, are needed living 'on country' actively managing this vast, remote wilderness for conservation if it is to remain healthy. Dr Barry Traill is one of Australia's leading conservation advocates. Driven by a lifelong love of Australia's bush and unique wildlife, Barry has successfully combined his expertise in zoology, skills in advocacy, and his ability to motivate and collaborate, to secure large areas of Australia's land and sea from destructive threats. Barry's work over three decades has been the catalyst for the protection of the highly biologically-diverse Box- Ironbark woodlands of Victoria, the cessation of the broadscale clearing of the Queensland bush, and the creation of the world's largest network of marine parks.

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