Media Release: Condition and threats of Pilbara conservation assets assessed

5 May 2015

The condition of, and threats to conservation assets in the Pilbara Bioregion will take place over the next two days in the second of three workshops to create a Conservation Action Plan (CAP).

Coordinated by the Pilbara Corridors Project, the workshop will take place at Lotteries House, on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 May with over 30 key stakeholders from industry, government and community in attendance.

Pilbara Corridors Program Manager Ian Cotton said this second workshop will undertake a rapid condition assessment and a threat assessment for each conservation asset.

“The condition assessment will consider factors such as total area, flora/fauna condition, landscape context and ecological processes,” Mr Cotton said.

“In addition, the threat assessment will consider factors such as area and severity of impact,” he said.

Each type of habitat in the Pilbara Bioregion will be examined with presentations by specialists in these fields. These comprise Open Plains; River and Wetland; Coastal; and Rocky Ranges and Hills.

The CAP will again be coordinated by experienced and leading facilitators of the process in Australia – Todd Berkinshaw, National Director of Conservation for Greening Australia and Barry Heydenrych, Lead Planner/Scientist, South West Region for Greening Australia.

Mr Berkinshaw will provide an introduction to CAP theory and outline the software that is used to record the process.

Mr Heydenrych and Gaia Resources’ Piers Higgs will be on hand to talk about the data that supports condition and threat assessments and ultimately how information can be mapped.

The CAP process outcomes will be a collaboration by key stakeholders to produce a CAP strategy summary document and priority area maps for the Pilbara Bioregion.

Workshop 3 will determine conservation goals, strategies, key actions and monitoring and is planned for the third week of June.

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More information contact: Ian Cotton, Pilbara Projects Program Manager, 0402 459 055

Additional Information:

The Pilbara Corridors Project is a coordinated approach to address biodiversity threats on a landscape scale in the Pilbara. It works at a landscape-scale and across management boundaries by bringing together people and organisations with environmental expertise representing government, environment, community, mining, pastoralists and Indigenous groups to deliver effective land management. The Pilbara Corridors Project is a joint project between Rangelands NRM, Greening Australia and the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife, and funded through the Australian Government.

Conservation Action Planning (CAP)

Conservation Action Planning (CAP) is a powerful ten-step tool to guide conservation teams to develop focused strategies and measures of success. When regional priorities have been set, Conservation Action Planning is used to determine the plan of action for these priorities. As actions are taken and outcomes are measured, conservation action plans are revised to incorporate new knowledge. Today, 100’s of partners have been engaged in CAP planning from all over the world.  All kinds of partners and Conservation practitioners from six continents have been using the method and all them adapting and modifying the simple technique for their situations. http://www.conservationgateway.org/.

Facilitators

Todd Berkinshaw, National Director of Conservation for Greening Australia, leads a national team of Conservation Planners, Lead Scientists and Directors of Conservation who are focussed on the development of landscape-scale restoration programs across all of Australia’s major habitat types. Todd’s position also supports the application of science, research and new innovations within Greening Australia.

Barry Heydenrych, Lead Planner/Scientist, South West Region for Greening Australia, has extensive experience of the CAP process and includes in his experiences Gondwana Link.