NACC takes a holistic view of the entire landscape. By shifting from only managing patches of land to focusing on connectedness, broad landscape and ecosystem needs can be addressed, more effectively supporting ecosystem resilience.
The BioLinks Project presents a concept for a large-scale conservation initiative to connect, restore and maintain the outstanding ecological values of the NAR. It utilises a landscape-scale approach to help inform appropriate levels of reservation, connectivity and off-reserve conservation actions as part of a long-term regional conservation strategy.
During the 2015/16 year, the BioLinks Feasibility Study was completed. This study found that the fragmented nature of the NAR, together with the historical ecological gradients indicates that connectivity across the entire region is not practical or feasible. However, the region does present a significant opportunity to improve connectivity conservation through a targeted landscapes approach. These target landscapes include:
- Yarra Yarra Catchment
- Wheatbelt Woodlands
- Northern Kwongan
- Moresby Range
- Moore River Region
- Hutt River Region
- Abrolhos islands
NACC’s BioLinks Project focused on piloting a new, whole-of-landscape approach to corridor design that is underpinned by the following objectives:
- Landscape scale: BioLinks applies a long-term, landscape-scale approach to conservation activities that operates across public and private land at both local and regional levels.
- Locally connected: BioLinks focuses on building local ownership for conservation by facilitating cooperation between land managers, traditional owners, communities, organisations and government.
- Knowledge based: BioLinks ensures that the best available scientific, traditional and local knowledge is shared between partners, to help plan, evaluate and guide conservation work.
This project is supported by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council through funding from the Government of Western Australia State NRM Program.