University of Newcastle
BSc ( Arch) UoN 1976, Grad Dip ( Env. Man.) CSU 1999, MPhil (Env. Science) UoN 2016.
Peter Stevens is an environmental systems thinker with practical design and management skills for on ground conservation and renewal.
He has twenty years of senior management experience in the oversight of high profile public landscapes including the UoN Bushland Campus and NSW National Parks, and five years as a research associate with the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment and Lecturer UoN.
Peter is adept in the reassignment of available resources to restore landscape hydration and biocapacity on degraded peri urban lands.
He is committed to pursuing synergies, particularly in regards to the retention of rain where it lands, thereby fostering the conditions needed for securing deep organic soils and recovering a complex climate moderating biota.
Peter has been inspired and directly exposed over 40 years to the work of PA Yeomans (Keyline systems and the Human Environment Revolution by Design), Bill Mollison (Permaculture by Design) , Peter Andrew's (Natural Sequence), William Ricketts. (Ricketts Sanctuary Mt Dandenong), Yuin Elder Ted Thomas, and as life long mentors Dr Phillip Pollard, Professor Tim Roberts and Margaret Hastings.
He has lectured and tutored in Environmental Design, Environmental Management, Architecture, and Disaster Preparedness and Sustainable Redevelopment at University of Newcastle and in collaboration with UN Disaster Preparedness program coordinators.
Peter is committed to: - Acknowledging and recognising Indigenous Peoples and wisdom as a core practice principle and fundamental component of any landscape a water security endeavour.
- The development of scalable landscape and landuse patterns that foster the restoration of biological integrity and sustain biocapacity without the need for ongoing interventions/input.
- International cooperation on water and thus food security.
- Turning around the colonial habits of desertification through legislative change and local community empowerment.
- The utilisation of Indigenous/endemic deciduous and semi deciduous trees as a useful landscape recovery tool.