• Homepage
  • >
  • Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA): Bioregions in Australia – Masterclass with Gethin Morgan

Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA)

Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA): Bioregions in Australia – Masterclass with Gethin Morgan

Friday 24 Jul
- Friday 24 Jul




About this event

Join the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) for a fascinating masterclass that helps us understand Australia’s bioregions.


If we are to transform human societies so that we live sustainably within the regenerative capacity of the living world, we need to first understand our unique environment and rethink our relationship with our local bioregions.

A bioregion is an area of land or sea defined by common patterns of natural characteristics and environmental processes (such as geology, landform patterns, climate, ecological features and plant and animal communities). A bioregion is smaller than an ecoregion, but larger than an ecosystem or catchment area. A bioregion’s borders are defined by natural boundaries such as mountain ranges and soil types (rather than the political boundaries of many maps). Australia has 89 bioregions and each one is a unique collection of ecological communities, which experiences different patterns of human land use.


Gethin Morgan is a pioneer of bioregional classification in Australia, co-authoring the delineation of bioregions and subregions in Queensland in 1975, and over most of NSW in 1986. In 1990 he prepared a bioregional land use plan for the New England Tableland.

From 1989 he refined a regional ecosystem classification system integrating geology, geomorphology, soils and vegetation. This robust but flexible classification provides a strong predictive framework for ecosystem occurrence, natural values, and land capabilities and constraints. It is now an essential tool for mapping and collating data for land use planning and management in Queensland.

In 1995 Gethin helped guide the delineation of a national bioregional
framework, and in 2001 worked with the states and territories to develop
the first national sub-regionalisation.


In our masterclass, Gethin Morgan will:

** provide an overview of the history and processes used to develop the bioregional and sub-regional classification system in Australia;

** explain the scientific differences between bioregions, sub-regions, catchments (watersheds) and ecosystems;

** explain why bioregions are important for understanding ecological systems, ecological integrity and ecological limits;

** provide examples of key characteristics and features of selected bioregions around Australia.

The masterclass will be facilitated by AELA’s National Convenor, Dr Michelle Maloney.

Michelle and Gethin will conclude the Masterclass with a discussion about how bioregions can form a critical foundation for sustainability efforts.


This workshop is part of a series of important events designed to increase knowledge about Australia’s unique environments, and connect that knowledge to understanding our ecological limits, including the concept of “Planetary Boundaries”.

In AELA’s new annual series, we will learn from world leading scientists, economists, lawyers and regenerative communities, about how Planetary Boundaries can help us understand the ecological limits of our world, and how we can use bioregions as a regional and local foundation to take action toward a more sustainable pathway for human societies.

Contact: events@earthlaws.org.au
Website: www.earthlaws.org.au

  • Information and Education
  • Workshop
  • Climate
NOTE: All event information was accurate at the time of publishing, but we do not take any responsibility for losses or damages incurred due to incorrect information. Please follow the links to the original organisers for further details.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Events

Mon 31 Aug - 12:00am
- Australia/Sydney
Red Cross
Emergencies can strike at anytime, anywhere and without warning. The good news is, it’s easy to protect yourself, the people you love and the things you value most. Set a calendar reminder to get prepared during Emergency Preparedness…
  • Climate
Fri 4 Sep - 6:30am
- Australia/Brisbane
Reef Check Australia
Join Capricornia Catchments for ReefClean monitoring and marine debris collection in Yeppoon! All marine debris will be analysed and the data will be uploaded to the AMDI Database.…
  • Climate
  • Conservation and Land Care
Sun 25 Oct - 6:00pm
- Australia/Sydney
School Strike 4 Climate Australia
Join our weekly livestreams for awesome artist performances and environmental panel discussions with artists, First Nations guests and young climate activists.…
  • Climate

Make Your Change acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which we live, play, advocate, and activate.  We acknowledge their continuing connection to Country and community, and pay our respect to Elders past and present. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians.  We are committed to honouring their unique cultural, and spiritual relationship to the land, air, waters and seas—as well as their rich contributions to society. We acknowledge the sovereignty, land, and law of First Nations were never ceded—this always was and always will be the Land of First Nations people.


Global warming is not a problem we can compost and recycle our way out of. Join our mailing list to discover how to make your changes and have MASSIVE impact!

Contact Us


We’ve just launched! 🏆 As we continue to make improvements, please give us feedback and tell your friends to check us out!

We love feedback!
Tell us what you think