People Coming Together for Biodiversity: Victorian Biodiversity Managers’ Network

A new group has been established in Victoria to support people who manage land for biodiversity. The network is run by a team of professionals from within the industry, and aims to bring people together to facilitate knowledge exchange. Key goals are to develop best practice industry standards, and to facilitate workshops and training courses.  Conservation Management ran a session at the recent forum, providing insight into the use of the Open Standards for monitoring. Continue reading

Arabana people initiate plans for future direction

After recognition of Native Title over their country, and the return of a significant pastoral lease, the Arabana people wanted to develop a plan to guide their next steps. Arabana country is part of the central salt lakes and springs, Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre), region in South Australia. In addition to its deep cultural significance to the Arabana people Kati Thanda has great conservation significance, including as seasonal breeding grounds for water birds. Kutha (water) , significant plants and animals and the maintenance of traditional knowledge, comprise key targets for better health of country.   With support from South Australian Government and The Nature Conservancy, Conservation Management helped the Arabana community to develop a Healthy Country Plan, which encompasses their traditional lands, as well as creating an operational plan for Finniss Springs. The plans have prepared the way for tangible and prioritized outcomes to be delivered on the ground. Continue reading

Keeping Special Places Special - Learning Workshops

Planning and adaptive management for protected areas using the Open Standards. Registrations are now open for five-day Open Standards / Healthy Country Planning workshops in the;• Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (Monday 26th - Friday 30th June 2017). • Daintree National Park Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (Monday 10th - Friday 14th July 2017). Using a well-proven adult learning approach, this intensive live-in course will give people a good understanding of how these tools can be directly used in their own work. Continue reading

Banjima Yurlubajagu Strategic Plan

Brief Conservation Management have been working with the Banjima community in the Pilbara region of Western Australia since 2014 to produce their own healthy country plan.   Banjima Yurlubajagu refers to the lands of the Banjima and with their strategic plan completed, our focus is turning towards implementation and creating a Banjima ranger program based in Tom Price.  Conservation Management director, Dave Whitelaw has been working closely with elders to spread the word and share Banjima’s vision for looking after country into the future.  This has involved many meetings with Banjima partners to discuss the establishment of Banjima Country Management, a new community-based organisation to be set-up by Banjima to host the ranger program and implement their country and culture strategies. Continue reading

UMEC Wunambal Gaambera Healthy Country Plan 2010 - 2020

Conservation Management are playing an ongoing role in the success of the Wunambal Gaambera Healthy Country Plan 2010 – 2020. Having been instrumental in development of the plan in 2010, Conservation Management was again working with UMEC (Uunguu Monitoring & Evaluation Committee) in 2015 to carry out an evaluation of the planning process. This is an opportunity to assess the success of the plan, whether it’s working, are target viabilities improving, are threats being reduce etc. This process is critical to the long term success of the plan. Continue reading

Northern Territory NRM Plan

Brief: The aim of this project is to get the NT NRM Plan ‘off the shelf’ and being utilised as a ‘living’ process allowing stakeholders to measure progress and adapt actions towards a shared vision and agreed targets. The review will develop four regional implementation plans across the NT utilising Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation (the Open Standards) as a planning tool to support regional planning and to scale this up to the NT-Wide Strategic INRM plan. The Open Standards, and supporting tools, have been identified by TNRM as a useful way to standardise this process and assist regional coordinators and regional stakeholders with their NRM activities. Continue reading

Pila Nguru Spinifex People – Healthy Country Plan & Threatened Species Management in the Great Victoria Desert.

Plan Completed and being implemented. The development of the Healthy Country Plan for the Spinifex Country (5.5million ha) has seen older and younger generations working together to create long term plans for management of biodiversity, ecosystem processes, threatened species and other natural values, as well as cultural values inherent in the landscape. Included in the plan was development of a works program for implementation by Pila Nguru Rangers, as agreed upon by the entire community. Such plans have been successfully developed and implemented across Northern Australia (e.g. Wunambal Gaambera Healthy Country Plan). The plan provides long-term, consistent, culturally appropriate guidance to Rangers employed through Pila Nguru’s ‘Enhancing Western Desert Biodiversity, Connectivity & Ecosystem Resilience’ project and, subsequently, Pila Nguru’s Working on Country team. Continue reading

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