While our core ecological strategies vary in each Zone, they can be best summarised as:
Improving conservation management
Preparing and implementing Conservation Action Plans
Effectiveness through Standards
Monitor and evaluate
Developing the ecological strategy
“Conservation obviously requires complex joined-up thinking, as it involves many scientific disciplines combined with socio-economic sensitivity. But it also needs joined-up sites if habitats are to flourish as dynamic elements within overall ecosystems. . . Species protection without ecosystem protection is a self-defeating exercise”
Paddy Wordworth “New approaches to nature” The Irish Times 20 Sept 2008
Translating the vision for Gondwana Link into some measurable, tangible goals to guide the work underway requires a series of steps and is a work in progress.
Ultimately, we need to quantify our objectives where possible so that we can also develop clear indicators of progress.
Our Interim Whole of Link Conservation Targets are:
- Natural biological and physical heterogeneity
- Hydrological processes
- Trophic interactions
- Wildlife populations and movements
- Evolutionary processes
- Natural disturbance regimes
- Living with country
While we have developed more detailed implementation plans for key areas across the Link, each Zone is so different we have found it particularly difficult to pull those detailed plans back to overall ecological steps to be taken at Whole of Link scale. Our ideal meshing is set out below, and we are currently working on how that is best implemented for each Zone.