Pilbara stakeholders unite in conservation planning

The next phase of the Pilbara Corridors’ Conservation Action Planning (CAP) process is now underway and will identify priorities and establish working groups to implement management actions. The CAP process aims to develop and maintain a collaborative, long-term conservation strategy for the Pilbara Bioregion.

Pilbara Bioregion CAP Workshop I

More than 80 stakeholders took part in a series of workshops last year to develop a landscape-scale conservation strategy and action plan for the Pilbara Bioregion. Attendees included pastoralists, Traditional Owners and Aboriginal corporations, environmental non-government organisations, mining companies, WA State Government agencies, the Commonwealth Department of the Environment, Land Conservation District Committees (LCDC), local government, researchers and environmental consultants and members of the public with knowledge of the Pilbara.

The workshop findings were collated in a draft Pilbara CAP summary document, which was released for comment in late 2015. Piers Higgs and colleagues at Gaia Resources provided GIS mapping and data management for the plan, which is a significant achievement for a region as diverse and expansive as the Pilbara.

The Pilbara CAP summary document has now published incorporating stakeholder feedback received in 2016 (see link below).

Member of the Pilbara Corridors Executive Committee and Greening Australia’s Director of Conservation – WA Dr Blair Parsons said the summary brought together significant input and knowledge from stakeholders, which will be used to prioritise and align work that is outlined in an agreed plan.

“The Pilbara CAP summary document has outlined and mapped a number of key conservation assets that collectively represent the biodiversity of the region and identified threats to these assets and goals for their conservation,” he said.

“The task now is to establish working groups to refine and implement priority management actions on-ground.”

Key next steps in the CAP process include:

  • prioritising conservation management targets;
  • formulating and implementing actions to address these priorities; and
  • measuring success (or otherwise) to enable ‘learning by doing’ and thereby increase effectiveness over time.

Further stakeholder consultation will be undertaken in the coming months as part of addressing these tasks.

“Pilbara Corridors partners thank all contributors for their time and valued input to the planning so far and look forward to continued support into the action phase” Dr Parsons said.

View the Summary Report June 2016 [16MB].

Notes:

Pilbara Corridors is a partnership between Greening Australia, the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife and Rangelands NRM, and is funded by the Australian Government.

For more information contact Jo Webb or Teresa Belcher at Rangelands NRM. T: 9468 8250.