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Innovation for 21st Century Conservation
The symposium held in March 2012 took the position that the retention of Australia’s unique and rich terrestrial and marine species and varied ecosystems is an urgent challenge which requires – perhaps more than any other single factor- innovative partnerships across sectors.
The last decade has brought forth a richness of examples of innovation, generating new partnerships and models of establishment, management, financing, policy and governance by Australians from many sectors. This innovation has taken place across our strong public system of protected areas, but also generated a very significant estate of indigenous protected areas and private conservation initiatives. However with more than 70 per cent of Australia’s land in private ownership, we need to work with all managers of substantial areas of land - the pastoral and mining industries and departments of defence for example. The potential of emerging ecosystem and carbon markets need to be harnessed for maximum benefit to our lands, seas, waters and wildlife.
The symposium looked at ways to build the protected area system - the core habitat for our species - and large scale landscape scale initiatives as supported by the National Wildlife Corridor Plan. It provided case studies of new models, partnerships, and governance arrangements. By highlighting and discussing these examples we hoped to spread good practice and inspire new ideas for further ecosystem and biological diversity partnerships to achieve outcomes at the scale needed to stem our losses and recover health and resilience.
The partners in this publication share a profound belief that the retention of Australia’s unique and rich terrestrial and marine species and varied ecosystems is an urgent challenge which requires – perhaps more than any other single factor- innovative partnerships across sectors.
Despite many substantial efforts of all sectors to address these challenges, most indicators of species and ecological health suggest that our current efforts are inadequate to stem serious species losses, especially in the face of increasing threats, especially climate change. This has driven a commitment to seek integrated conservation management across many tenures to support our protected areas and, to make this happen, a willingness to explore more effective means of achieving conservation at scale with many different land managers, Indigenous and local communities.
This publication illustrates a richness of examples of such innovation – new partnerships and models for establishment of protected areas, for the management, financing and governance of both protected areas and initiatives on other tenures. Its key purpose is to both illustrate that new approaches are possible and workable and to give impetus to these directions. However the book has also illustrated that the path to new approaches will not be without challenges and the occasional blockage.
Not all innovative approaches to conservation survive, however the need for a whole of landscape approaches is clear. The international strategic direction is fully endorsed in the Aichi Targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The full range of national bipartisan documents has endorsed this direction. We hope readers, from decision makers to students, will be inspired and renew efforts to ensure that the future of Australia’s conservation effort in this critical 21st century sees real innovation for real outcomes.
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Foreword – Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General, IUCN
Innovation in conservation – Penelope Figgis AO
PERSONAL REFLECTIONS ON INNOVATION
A personal journey to innovation – Doug Humann
Why we need Rick Farley now more than ever – Max Bourke AM
DRIVERS AND DIRECTIONS
Innovation in public policy for conservation of biodiversity – Martin Wardrop and Charlie Zammit
Getting results in conservation – Martin Taylor
INNOVATION IN ESTABLISHMENT
Territory Eco-link: large framework, small budget – Andrew Bridges
Innovative approaches to land acquisition and conservation management: the case of Fish River Station, Northern Territory – James Fitzsimons and Michael Looker
Arkaroola – creating a new type of protected area – Jason Irving
Gondwana Link: process or plan, movement or organisation? – Keith Bradby
Great Eastern Ranges Initiative: mobilising the community and sustaining the momentum for continental-scale conservation – Rob Dunn, Gary Howling and Alison Totterdell
INNOVATION IN MANAGEMENT
Wunambal Gaambera Healthy Country Plan – Heather Moorcroft
Conservation for culture and livelihoods – Angas Downs, Northern Territory – George Wilson and Jennifer Smits
Shoalwater Bay Training Area: capability, conservation and collaboration – Julia Bowett, Alan Davidson and Tennille Danvers
Innovation in Victoria’s parks – Ian Walker
INNOVATION IN FINANCING
Farmland investment and markets for ecoservices – attracting finance sector investment in ecosystem protection – Shawn Butters, Malory Weston and Cullen Gunn
INNOVATION IN GOVERNANCE
Ngarrindjeri futures: negotiating a future through Caring for Ruwe/Ruwar (lands, waters and all living things) – Steve Hemming and Daryle Rigney
Brookfield – a new approach to the management of public land – Tricia Curtis and Joanne Davies
Protecting Queensland’s Channel Country and the flows to Lake Eyre – Rupert Quinlan and Barry Traill
Innovative measures for establishing protected areas on private lands in South Australia – Greg Leaman and Clare Nicolson