CCNet Rally HCP 2018

Registrations are open for a 3-day Healthy Country Planning Training workshop from Friday 27th of April to Sunday 29th of April 2018, in Blackheath, New South Wales, Australia. The workshop is being held in conjunction with the Conservation Coaches Network Rally 2018 in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Continue reading

'Properly looking after Country'

"Doing a course (on Healthy Country Planning) gives me a better understanding of how to go forward in implementing a plan that suits us, in order to incorporate cultural knowledge with western science. Going forward in how we properly look after country." Warren Barunga, Dambimangari Aboriginal Corp, WA. Continue reading

First Nation’s team in Canada captures purpose of Healthy Country Planning

First Nation from Canada recently came together with staff from The Nature Conservancy, workshop facilitators, and Conservation Management in Stanley Park, Vancouver.  At the end of the week, teams were asked to write down what they had learnt about Healthy Country Planning. Continue reading

Marditja Banjima bush plants, foods & medicines

The Marditja Banjima Rangers and Elders have based themselves at the Karijini Eco-Retreat in the Pilbara Region of WA to study local native plants for bush foods and medicinal uses. The Karijini on-country trip was planned by the Marditja Banjima Rangers to gain and share knowledge from their Elders about native plants, food and medicine.  Conservation Management Director, David Whitelaw is currently overseeing the Banjima Country Management team’s implementation of their Banjima Yurlubajagu Strategic Plan. Continue reading

Bunuba people move toward joint management

Traditional land management practices and the sharing of ecological knowledge will lead the way toward a positive future and better health of country and community. To achieve this, the Bunuba People of the Central West Kimberley and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (Parks and Wildlife) with support from the Kimberley Land Council and Conservation Management, worked together in 2016 towards both a Joint Management Agreement (JMA) and Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA). Conservation Management helped facilitate the process, working with all parties including Bush Heritage Australia and other regional NGOs to build a partnership platform around Bunuba’s Healthy Country Plan. Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corporation continues to work with all parties in the development of their healthy country plan, with Conservation Management currently providing communications and design support for the completion of the plan product. Continue reading

Westernport Priority Zone Plan finalised by Trust for Nature

Trust For Nature, Victoria’s dedicated private land conservation body, have finalised the ‘Westernport Priority Zone Plan.’ This plan, the second in a series of three, is an important part of the Trust for Nature’s strategic planning and on-ground conservation work on the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas and Westernport Bay. This ‘Bays and Islands’ landscape contains approximately 25 000 hectares of inadequately protected native vegetation, most of which is considered threatened and provides important habitat for vulnerable species. The plan was drafted with the help of Conservation Action Planning (CAP) workshops, based on the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, and facilitated by Conservation Management. Continue reading

Open Standards / Healthy Country Planning workshop 2018

Planning and adaptive management for protected areas. Expressions of Interest are open for a five-day Open Standards / Healthy Country Planning workshop in the biodiversity hotspot of the Tasmanian Midlands. Using a well-proven adult learning approach, this intensive live-in course will give you a good understanding of how these tools can be directly used in your own work. Continue reading

People, Policy Reform and Greater Indigenous Involvement - Path to a healthier outback

The Outback represents one of Australia’s best conservation opportunities, as stated in the recently released Outback Paper Series, 'My Country, Our Outback'. The report was produced by Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-profit organization that aims to conserve Australia’s critical natural landscapes. The Paper contributes to the discussion on connecting, supporting and resourcing land managers to create a ‘modern outback.’ The Pew Report highlights the global significance of Australia’s outback in terms of biodiversity, as well as being the ‘living heart’ of Australia. The Outback is one of the few remaining great regions of nature, and covers 70% of the Australian continent. Pew’s 3 Point planning process aims to create a healthy, stronger outback that sustains both people and nature. Continue reading

Banjima People on ROUTE to protecting country

The Banjima people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia have taken strong steps toward implementing their recently completed Banjima Yurlubajagu Strategic Plan, which will help protect country and connect people to traditional lore. Banjima Country Management has established a Ranger workforce in Tom Price that is focused on building Banjima capacity to be on-country. The program will support the engagement of elders and the transfer of cultural knowledge. Initial focus will be on Banjima Rangers and elders spending time surveying and monitoring important sites to protect Banjima country and culture.Conservation Management’s backbone support services are being provided to help implement the Healthy Country Plan and address Banjima Country Management’s growing operations and governance needs. Continue reading

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

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