Progress on eco links slow but sure
A VISION to connect conserved landscapes up and down Australia's east coast is slowly but surely coming to fruition.
The Great Eastern Ranges (GER) initiative is all about "connectivity conservation", which is increasingly seen as the way forward to preserving and linking biodiverse landscapes and offering resilience and adaptive possibilities to species and ecosystems threatened by climate change, invasive species and coastal development.
More than 25 conservation organisations and bush regeneration groups came together recently at Mount Hyland to report on on-ground projects, community engagement projects, the latest wildlife corridor mapping as well as the science underpinning connectivity conservation.
The co-ordinator of the Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance (JBA), Dr Charlie Brennan, said everyone came away with the understanding that all the organisations and landholders that constituted GER and JBA were achieving real outcomes.
"What I find exciting and challenging is that this work is as much about on-ground works as it is about finding ways to connect different landholders with differing values and needs," Dr Brennan said.
"It's fundamental that we understand that working together to ensure we have healthy landscapes is in everyone's interest."