Information for the best conservation actions to take
This hub is being developed as a clearing house of science and practical know-how needed to protect, restore and connect central Victoria's special species and important places in the smartest and most effective ways.
Biolinks Alliance held a workshop with members in 2012 to discuss their knowledge needs and the following topics were identified:
What are the future climate-scenarios for the region and how do we adapt?
- Landscape design
- What species and ecosystems to put back - genetic diversity
- Fire planning
- Flood planning
- Building resilience in to farm planning
- Opportunities eg carbon markets, land use change
How do we achieve effective ecological connectivity?
- Landscape design - how much, what and where?
- Role of farm forestry
- Grasslands and other non-tree dominated habitats
- Working with nature
How to design biolinks taking into account threatened species and ecosystems?
- Species and ecosystem requirements
- Tools to reduce impacts
- Indicator species
- Benchmarks for threatened species
- Adaptive management
How to manage weeds in relation to building resilience and connectivity?
- Predictions of weed and pest movements in response to climate change
- Integrated pest management
- Understanding of speceis ecology to control
- Information on long term effects of chemicals
- Wider engagement
- Publicity and promotion