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Biodiversity Action Planning

Statewide Biodiversity Action Planning | Landscape Planning


Partnerships in protecting and restoring indigenous biodiversity in rural landscapes

Image: Goulburn Broken Biodiversity Montage
The Victorian Biodiversity Action Planning (BAP) Program is a partnership between the Department of Sustainability & Environment website (external link), Catchment Management Authorities, the Trust for Nature website (external link), Local Government and Parks Victoria website (external link). BAP is a structured approach to identifying priorities and mapping significant areas for native biodiversity at landscape and bioregional scales. It provides information for Regional Catchment Strategies, Local Government policy and planning, Trust for Nature's Conservation Planning, local area planning, whole farm planning and Environmental Management Systems available on the DSE website (external link).

Biodiversity Action Planning (BAP) attempts to take a strategic approach to conservation of threatened and declining species and vegetation types by looking for opportunities to conserve groups of species in appropriate ecosystems. It supports the notion of a 'net gain' in the extent and quality of native vegetation as outlined in Victoria's Native Vegetation Management Framework (external link). The approach is based on the application of scientific principles for landscape conservation of biodiversity - and is about planning future landscapes.

Components of Biodiversity Action Planning

Biodiversity Action Planning involves a number of elements, including:
  • Bioregional Strategic Overview
  • Landscape Plans
  • Local Area Plans
  • a mechanism to engage public and landholders.
The Bioregional Strategic Overview provides details of the framework and methodology used in developing bioregional biodiversity action planning (BAP) as well as an overview of the features and assets of the bioregion and divides the landscape into Landscape Zones (see diagram opposite).

Regional Strategic Overviews relevant to the Goulburn Broken region include: Victorian Riverina and Central Victoria Uplands.
  • Landscape Plans provide specific information on assets and priorities for actions within parts of the bioregions and identify the best options for restoring native vegetation to recover biodiversity at a more detailed scale than is possible in the Native Vegetation Management Plans.

  • Local Area Plans or other planning processes such as landcare plans, may be developed through community engagement processes and cover the range of natural resource issues.
    Image: Landscape Zones

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