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Green boss seeks business help

NEW Greening Australia WA, CEO Robert Lambeck hopes to build partnerships with corporations to combat environmental concerns.

Dr Lambeck said many corporations were becoming environmentally aware and were providing solutions to environmental problems.

“We feel very strongly that we need to develop partnerships and we see opportunities for the corporate sector to participate in some of these activities,” Dr Lambeck said.

“It’s through these partnerships that we help to promote the profile of our organisation and their organisation and provide an opportunity for corporations to contribute to the social agenda.

“I believe that there is significant change in corporate Australia on environmental issues. I sense a real change in attitudes but of course we would always like to see more. We are facing some real problems as a nation.”

But Dr Lambeck believes Australia still lagged behind other developed countries like the US in terms of donating to charities.

He puts it down to the fact that in Australia a lot of the wealth is young wealth. In the US established families also had established organisations which they contributed toward.

Dr Lambeck has been a senior research scientist with CSIRO WildLife and Ecology since 1994 prior to which he spent five years at the University of Sydney.

His work has seen him extensively involved with land-management planning and biodiversity conservation has led to numerous articles being authored and papers being delivered at local, national and international levels.

Since 1998 one of Dr Lambeck’s major projects has been the Greening Australia WA Living Landscapes project funded by Alcoa Alumina Australia, the ElsieGadd bequest and the Natural Heritage Trust.

Greening Australia WA chairman Rod Safstrom said Dr Lambeck’s strong leadership skills, his demonstrated focus on measurable outcomes and his personal commitment to creating a sustainable environment will be vital in steering the organisation as it responds to the environmental challenges facing WA.

“In his previous position Dr Lambeck succeeded in forging effective partnerships and that’s certainly of key importance in Greening’s future also,” Mr Safstrom said.

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