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Biodiversity Response Planning

A new area-based planning approach to biodiversity conservation in Victoria. This approach is designed to strengthen alignment, collaboration and participation between government agencies, Traditional Owners, non-government agencies (NGOs) and the community.

Lead

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)

Organisations that expressed support for this project

DELWP consulted with a range of Port Phillip Region organisations. However, Living Melbourne stakeholder organisations that indicated specific support for this project included: Melbourne Water; Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority; City of Kingston; City of Whitehorse; Knox City Council; Yarra Valley Water; City of Stonnington; City of Port Phillip; Brimbank City Council; Frankston City Council; Greater Dandenong; City of Wyndham; Moonee Valley City Council; Earthwatch.

Context

Through 2019 and 2020, DELWP worked with partners to identify areas to focus biodiversity actions in the short to medium term. Data on the status of key biodiversity values and threats was collected, collated and shared among stakeholders via ecological modelling, Traditional Owner involvement, stakeholder workshops, and qualitative data.

DELWP distributed surveys and undertook consultation to build on the collective knowledge about the current state of biodiversity across the Port Phillip Region.

Outcome

As part of the work undertaken in 2019 and 2020, DELWP have prepared three BRP products that include:

  • Individual Fact Sheets for each Landscape Area, covering the whole of Port Phillip Region.
  • An interactive statewide map of our Focus Landscapes, where people can access the relevant Fact sheets
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) associated with BRP

This information can be found on the new Biodiversity – Working Together for Biodiversity website.

In addition, the Strategic Management Prospects (SMP) tool was developed to give Victoria a long-term, strategic approach to identifying cost-effective management actions that deliver an improved outlook for as many species as possible. Strategic Management Prospects integrates and simultaneously compares information on biodiversity values, threats, and effectiveness of management actions and indicative costs of management actions for biodiversity across Victoria. Strategic Management Prospects is one tool that will help inform metropolitan habitat connectivity and corridor mapping and modelling.

Next steps

Specifically, the next steps of BRP will:

  • ensure any Wurundjeri and Bunurong Traditional Custodian input is reflected in the focus landscapes;
  • develop a prospectus, taking into account survey feedback of biodiversity priorities for current and future activities
  • circulate prospectus to key stakeholders to allow opportunities for collaboration between multiple organisations to improve efficiency of action, build capacity and maximise impact; and
  • continue working to embed the BRP process, resources and tools into business as usual approach for biodiversity managers in working to maximise biodiversity outcomes.

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