Conservation corridors are considered essential for providing linkages with areas of habitat for many native animals. This is important within the Northern Agricultural Region (NAR), where vegetation is considered to be highly fragmented/degraded as a result of land clearing.
Conservation corridors can range in size and may stretch across various habitat types such as riparian areas surrounding creeks and wetlands (DotE, 2014). In order to help protect native animals in the region, it is important to improve vegetation in the region and linkages between habitats.
NACC supported by the State NRM Program and in consultation with industry bodies and landholders are undertaking a research and a feasibility study for establishing a broad cross ecological corridor in the NAR and southern Rangelands. Some key assets that have been identified within the NAR include:
- The Abrolhos Islands
- Mount Lesueur
- Lake Systems
- Rangelands Refuge.
The Biodiversity Links Project is a landscape-scale approach to connect biodiversity within the Northern Agricultural Region by managing and restoring large areas of habitat within broad ‘multi-purpose corridors’.
The effective implementation of the Project will demonstrate that by promoting the use of multi-purpose corridors alongside sustainable farming and best management practise, it is possible to achieve numerous benefits throughout the region. These benefits include: conservation of regional biodiversity, enriched agricultural production, reduced GHG emission, increased carbon sequestration, greater climate resilience/adaptation, preservation of cultural heritage and broad-based regional socio-economic development.
The Biodiversity Links Project is underpinned by the following objectives:
- Restoring ecological connectivity through the design and implementation of a network of multi-purpose corridors that improve the resilience of our landscapes in a changing climate;
- Restoring hydrological connectivity in riverine and wetland landscapes that have become degraded and fragmented;
- Building landscape resilience to climate change by increasing the capacity of local farmers and farming groups to undertake effective revegetation climate proofing measures, improve biodiversity on farm, build carbon stores and create shelter for livestock; and
- Leveraging the Australian Government’s Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) as a means for farmers and land managers to earn carbon credits by storing carbon or reducing greenhouse gas emissions on the land.