THE State's peak environment organisation, the Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) is holding the annual regional conference in Coffs Harbour this weekend.
NCC represents the interests of over 100 environmental groups around the State who work on all aspects of local flora, fauna and environmental conservation.
This year's conference is being hosted by the North Coast Environment Council at the Cavanbah Centre on Harbour Drive.
The conference will focus on issues affecting koalas, such as whether koala management plans really work.
Discussions will also be held on protecting the Dorrigo Plateau.
Other key issues on the agenda include threats and opportunities for forest wildlife on the North Coast, the growing impacts of mining and coal seam gas exploration on local communities, building trust between farmers and conservationists and the threats to existing environmental assessment laws.
Speakers include NCC president Professor Don White, organisation CEO Pepe Clarke, Sue Higginson from the Environmental Defenders Office, Lorraine Vass of Friends of the Koala and Susie Russell, President of the North Coast Environment Council.
Today's feature is a session on NCC's work on mining and gas and will end tomorrow at 12.30pm with a workshop on healthy ecosystems.