Media Release: Key stakeholders to develop Pilbara landscape-scale Conservation Action Plan

24 March 2015

The first of three workshops to create a Conservation Action Plan (CAP) for the Pilbara Bioregion takes places tomorrow.

Coordinated by the Pilbara Corridors Project, the workshop will take place at Lotteries House, Karratha from 9—4.30pm on Wednesday 25 March and has over 30 key stakeholders from industry, government and community in attendance.

Pilbara Corridors Program Manager Ian Cotton said Workshop One will introduce the CAP process, key conservation assets, scope, and participation.

“The benefits of undertaking a CAP process are recognised in over 1,000 successful global conservation projects,” Mr Cotton said.

“The process recognises the iterative nature of planning, the inclusion of existing plans, strategies and data sets, and the importance of engaging key personnel to ensure planning consistency,” he said.

The CAP will 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 Cotton said 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 2 will identify current condition and threats and is planned for the third week of April. 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. 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.