Vegetation and Biodiversity
What are some examples of projects / activities that can be undertaken at all scales that would contribute to the achievement of the targets identified?
It is increasingly acknowledged there is a need to adopt a landscape-scale approach to biodiversity conservation management, which focuses on larger spatial scales and plans for conservation activities over longer time scales. In this way individual areas of habitat are not managed in isolation, but are viewed as parts of the wider landscape. Efforts need to focus on the implementation of conservation actions and not get delayed by more and more sophisticated analyses that will never be applied on the ground. Ultimately, a well-designed model used to generate a set of priorities will not achieve the goal of maintaining biodiversity if there are insufficient resources for its implementation. Maintenance and restoration of existing habitats should remain the primary focus of conservation efforts to maintain biodiversity (Cale 2010).
However, there are many activities that can be undertaken at a range of levels within the landscape, public education and beyond.
Possible activities include:
- data on biodiversity condition and ecological health of native vegetation are reviewed and baselines established for representative sites,
- integrate vegetation and biodiversity components into regional and local scale planning,
- incentive packages to restore and enhance biological condition and ecological health of natural landscapes are developed,
- identify ecosystem transition processes and mitigate biodiversity impacts through management intervention and monitoring,
- investigate implications of changed vegetation management legislation on ecosystem integrity and the stabilisation of rapid vegetation community structural change and thickening,
- identify key refugia elements and connectivity requirements,
- further recovery plans may need to be developed for key threatened species, including relocation to suitable habitat and climate environments outside existing natural range,
- identify key habitat areas and refugia under pressure from unsustainable grazing and inappropriate fire regimes resulting in decline in biodiversity condition and resilience,
- maintain habitat complexity and structural diversity across the landscape while also allowing for economic utilisation. There is a need to guard against developing single species dominance of previously multispecies habitat. This unwanted habitat simplification and structural change process can be driven by both native and exotic species, with negative outcomes for total biodiversity across the landscape,
- promote the negative impacts of barbed wire on native wildlife,
- recognise the value of woody ground debris, retained habitat trees and a healthy shrub understorey in maintaining habitat suitability for native fauna. Promote the concept of key indicator species as a scorecard for simple recognition of biodiverse habitat,
- identify and promote priority species and recovery plans for identified key fauna and flora species for individual sub regions. Map and promote key recovery projects in each region and the implications for other key species found in the same habitat, and
- support and promote the significance of Back on Track priority species and threatening processes as key habitat management guidelines for sub-catchment planning.
Vegetation and biodiversity project action plan.
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