Linking Australia’s Landscapes is a relatively new book that brings together lessons from a range of connectivity conservation projects around the country, including chapters from Conservation Management Networks in Victoria, as well as perspectives from those setting policies relating to such projects and broader themed chapters around ecological, social and governance characteristics.
The book is edited by James Fitzsimons (The Nature Conservancy), Ian Pulsford (Global Learning Pty Ltd), Geoff Wescott (Deakin University)
CSIRO are the publishers and the website says that – “this book draws out lessons from a variety of established and new connectivity conservation initiatives from around Australia, and is complemented by international examples. Chapters are written by leaders in the field of establishing and operating connectivity networks, as well as key ecological and social scientists and experts in governance.
Networks of land managed for conservation across different tenures have rapidly increased in number (and popularity) in Australia over the past two decades. These include iconic large-scale initiatives such as Gondwana Link, the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative, Habitat 141°, and the South Australian NatureLinks, as well as other, landscape-scale approaches such as Biosphere Reserves and Conservation Management Networks.
Their aims have been multiple: to protect the integrity and resilience of many Australian ecosystems by maintaining and restoring large-scale natural landscapes and ecosystem processes; to lessen the impacts of fragmentation; to increase the connectivity of habitats to provide for species movement and adaptation as climate changes; and to build community support and involvement in conservation.”