The Australian government recently announced the release of a new country-wide initiative aimed at preserving and connecting habitat at a national scale. Created by an independent advisory board, the new National Wildlife Corridors Plan sets the stage for a collaborative, landscape-scale approach to the conservation of biodiversity within the country and focuses on both protecting already fragmented habitats, and preserving currently connected habitats in the face of potential shifts due to global climate change.
According to the Vision Statement of the plan: “The National Wildlife Corridors Plan is the Australian Government’s framework to retain, restore and manage ecological connections in the Australian landscape. It lays the foundation for a new, collaborative, whole-of-landscape approach to biodiversity conservation, one based on voluntary cooperation and the efforts of communities, landholders, governments and industry. The role of the Australian Government is to enable and coordinate the efforts of all participants. The Corridors Plan outlines the Australian Government’s vision whereby a diversity of land tenures and land use types will contribute to wildlife corridors. It is designed to guide and support individuals, private landholders and managers, community groups, policy makers, planners and natural resource managers to develop and manage corridor initiatives. The rights landholders have under the law to control and enjoy their property, control access to their property and legally dispose of their property in part or in whole are not altered or affected by the Corridors Plan.”