In 2011, the Landscapes and Policy Research Hub set out to answer the question:
‘What would a whole of landscape approach to biodiversity conservation look like?’
Focusing on two case study areas, the Tasmanian Midlands and the Australian Alps, we developed a range of tools, techniques and policy pathways to help planners and environmental managers make decisions. These tools are designed to help managers consider the multiple impacts of human and natural influences on biodiversity over entire regions, and identify where they can most effectively intervene to protect and improve natural values.
To ensure the tools are practical and relevant, we worked closely with staff and land managers from state governments and non–government organisations in Tasmania, Victoria, NSW and the ACT. We also travelled through the two case study areas, meeting with land managers, landholders and traditional owners to understand biodiversity values and challenges.
We believe that what we learned and developed is applicable to landscapes and regions anywhere. The result is a six–step process for assessing natural values at a regional scale and a set of tools, techniques and policy pathways to assist policymakers and land managers decide where, when and how to most effectively intervene to conserve species, communities and the processes on which they depend. We call this six-step process: Life at Large, and summarised in our final resaerch highlights.
Find out more about our tools, techniques and policy pathways at: www.lifeatlarge.edu.au or read about our journey, collaborations and achievements in our final report:
The research hub was hosted by the University of Tasmania and is one of five national research hubs funded to study biodiversity conservation by the National Environmental Research Program (NERP) from 2011-2014.