Landscape ecology project
Natural Resource Planning (NRP) has been funded under the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country Open Grants program for a project linking landscape ecology and property management priorities on farms in the Tasmanian midlands and south east.
The project has been developed in response to two emerging trends in Natural Resource Management:
- An increasing number of NRM-related projects, programs, frameworks, strategies and targets that recognise the importance of property management in securing natural resource management outcomes, both economic and environmental; and
- An expanding understanding that many aspects of NRM cannot be delivered in isolation, instead requiring consideration of sometimes complex issues at the landscape scale.
The project has 5 main outputs:
- A review of existing Commonwealth, State and other (e.g. NRM) policies and strategies that are relevant to planning and managing the natural resources of the project region. The purpose of the review is to classify the complex array of existing strategies and to enable issues and actions in property management to be cross-referenced to the strategic environment. The review is available for download and will remain open for feedback and comment until the project is completed.
- A Regional Ecosystem Model spanning biodiversity, land and water resources that demonstrates innovative use of existing data, methods of integration, integration of landscape function and landscape-scale factors and their application to priority setting.
- A ‘State of Knowledge’ database to generate reports of existing natural resource management information for input to property management planning and to assist in strategic (i.e. non property-specific) priority setting.
- A set of User Tools to assist in prioritising management actions to address biodiversity, land and water management priorities.
- Property Management Plans for 8 properties (~27,000ha) in the project region that demonstrate the methods, implications and applicaton of consideration of landscape factors in the prioritisation of property management outcomes to deliver NRM objectives. The Management Planning Process is summarised and and some examples provided.
Updates will be posted to these web pages as the project proceeds.
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Natural Resource Planning has commenced work on an exciting new project ‘Using landscape ecology to prioritise property management actions in Tasmania’.
The project is funded by the Australian Government under the Caring for Our Country Open Grants program.
The project aims to bring together the realities of property management with a comprehensive and science-based assessment of natural resource management issues.
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