The Great Eastern Ranges Connectivity Corridor of Australia A presentation by Graeme Worboys and Ian Pulsford
2800 kilometres along the eastern ranges of Australia Great Eastern Ranges from  the Australian Alps to Atherton (A2A)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Greater Glider
SOME OF AUSTRALIA’S BIODIVERSITY  (Attiwill and Wilson 2006) 213 Mammals   (77% in forested areas) 770 Birds  (38% in fore...
 
Image: Liz Dovey
 
 
 
This presentation focuses on Eastern Australia, from the Australian Alps to Atherton
 
 
Great Eastern Ranges Connectivity Corrido r
Includes an Archipelago of protected areas along the East Coast of Australia
Effective park management in separate parks along the GER since the early 1900 ’s
Forest “wars” in parts of the GER in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s
Creation of new protected  area and a commitment to connectivity conservation in the 1990’s
Natural connectivity along the Great Eastern Ranges, 2009
 
<ul><li>The Great Eastern Ranges  Connectivity Corridor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Extends for over 2800 kilometres </li></ul><...
Governments of Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria agreed to help achieve the Great...
GER launched February 2007 $AUD7 million dollar allocation
Great Eastern Ranges connectivity conservation  potential Atherton  tablelands Australian  Alps Black line:  Great Dividin...
Vision “ The ecosystems of Australia’s great eastern ranges to be healthy and interconnected from the Australian Alps to A...
Great Eastern Ranges Governance Environment Protection and Heritage Council   Agencies working group: NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, ...
Connectivity conservation in Australia NSW Leadership
<ul><li>NSW GER Business Plan Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Connectivity conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating with peopl...
GER Business Plan priority areas <ul><li>Slopes to Summit </li></ul>Southern Highlands Hunter Valley Border Ranges Koscius...
<ul><li>Integrate  an efficient  mix of conservation  </li></ul><ul><li>Protected areas </li></ul><ul><li>Private protecte...
NSW lead partners groups
Initially a Government facilitated initiative in NSW  To be transformed into a community based governance model
 
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Great Eastern Ranges - From the Alps to Atherton, Australia by Graeme Worboys

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Dr. Graeme Worboys, Chair IUCN WCPA Mountain Biomes Working Group presented during the Wednesday (11 November) WILD9 plenary session on Global Connectivity.

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  • Spaceship Earth and Australia Australia is the World’s largest island, its smallest continent, and it is, in its own right, one of Udvardy’s eight Biogeographic Realms of Earth It represents about 6% of the Earth’s landsurface It includes about 7-10% of the Earths species It is one of 17 Mega-diverse Countries on Earth (Nations that together harbour 60-70% of species on Earth) Its geology spans the almost the entire history of Earth, since it includes the oldest rocks known on Earth, the four billion year old rocks near Shark Bay in Western Australia
  • A2A 2800 kilometres
  • For visitors to our country, they are immediately struck by the beauty, colour and richness of our birds
  • But there are many surprises….Moist rainforests with their ancient mossy understory
  • Tall, gigantic Eucalypt forests which are hundreds of years old
  • Greater Glider: A small gliding Koala…eats Eucalypt leaves only
  • 1350 vertebrate species not found anywhere else on Earth (Indonesia is next with 850 endemic species)
  • Population densities of Australia, 2006
  • The biggest threat of all for A2A
  • Keeping the common species common Conserving diversity
  • One continent, one nation
  • Keeping the common species common Conserving diversity
  • Old trees critical…nesting hollows….300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles use the hollows
  • Great Eastern Ranges - From the Alps to Atherton, Australia by Graeme Worboys

    1. 1. The Great Eastern Ranges Connectivity Corridor of Australia A presentation by Graeme Worboys and Ian Pulsford
    2. 2. 2800 kilometres along the eastern ranges of Australia Great Eastern Ranges from the Australian Alps to Atherton (A2A)
    3. 9. Greater Glider
    4. 10. SOME OF AUSTRALIA’S BIODIVERSITY (Attiwill and Wilson 2006) 213 Mammals (77% in forested areas) 770 Birds (38% in forested areas) 191 Amphibians (53% in forested areas) 658 Reptiles (33% in forested areas) Total: 1832 species A2A latitudinal variation: it includes 14 Bioregions of Australia’s 85 A2A: estimated to be 8250 vascular plant species (of 23,000) A2A: refugia for ancient plants
    5. 12. Image: Liz Dovey
    6. 16. This presentation focuses on Eastern Australia, from the Australian Alps to Atherton
    7. 19. Great Eastern Ranges Connectivity Corrido r
    8. 20. Includes an Archipelago of protected areas along the East Coast of Australia
    9. 21. Effective park management in separate parks along the GER since the early 1900 ’s
    10. 22. Forest “wars” in parts of the GER in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s
    11. 23. Creation of new protected area and a commitment to connectivity conservation in the 1990’s
    12. 24. Natural connectivity along the Great Eastern Ranges, 2009
    13. 26. <ul><li>The Great Eastern Ranges Connectivity Corridor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Extends for over 2800 kilometres </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spans 28 Degrees of latitude </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>14 of Australia’s Bioregions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8,250 plant species, 1200+ endemic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Richest concentration mammals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highest number of birds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most of Australia’s rainforests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contain species with origins that date back to the age of the Dinosaurs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Headwaters of 63 important rivers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides potable water for 63% of Australians on the east coast </li></ul></ul>
    14. 27. Governments of Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria agreed to help achieve the Great Eastern Ranges Corridor from the Australian Alps (Victoria) to Atherton in Queensland
    15. 28. GER launched February 2007 $AUD7 million dollar allocation
    16. 29. Great Eastern Ranges connectivity conservation potential Atherton tablelands Australian Alps Black line: Great Dividing Range Red line: Great Escarpment Dark Green: Protected Areas Light Green: State Forests Yellow highlight : Potential GER connectivity Atherton tablelands Australian Alps
    17. 30. Vision “ The ecosystems of Australia’s great eastern ranges to be healthy and interconnected from the Australian Alps to Atherton and beyond, and contributing to the long term economic, social, cultural and spiritual well-being of the community”
    18. 31. Great Eastern Ranges Governance Environment Protection and Heritage Council Agencies working group: NSW, VIC, QLD, ACT, COMMONWEALTH NSW Environment Trust (Chair- Minister) GER sub-committee DECCW Agencies Partners (eg Catchment Management Authorities, Greening Australia) Stakeholders Scientific/technical reference group Aboriginal reference group
    19. 32. Connectivity conservation in Australia NSW Leadership
    20. 33. <ul><li>NSW GER Business Plan Goals </li></ul><ul><li>Connectivity conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating with people </li></ul><ul><li>People working together </li></ul><ul><li>Effective administration </li></ul><ul><li>Applying knowledge </li></ul>
    21. 34. GER Business Plan priority areas <ul><li>Slopes to Summit </li></ul>Southern Highlands Hunter Valley Border Ranges Kosciuszko to Coast
    22. 35. <ul><li>Integrate an efficient mix of conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Protected areas </li></ul><ul><li>Private protected areas </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation Agreements, Wildlife Refuges, Stewardship payments- market based schemes - carbon credits </li></ul><ul><li>Property Vegetation Plans (incentives) and BioBanking </li></ul><ul><li>Catchment Action Plans and Catchment Investment Strategies </li></ul>
    23. 36. NSW lead partners groups
    24. 37. Initially a Government facilitated initiative in NSW To be transformed into a community based governance model

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