Our plan for Land-based Ecosystems

Land-based ecosystems are infinitely complex and we still don’t understand many of the specific requirements of individual plant and animal species, let alone their interconnections and what they will need as weather patterns and habitats change. We have already lost many plant, animal, and insect species due to significant landscape modifications over the past 200 years, and the trend is one of continuing decline. What remains is operating under duress which means the life-supporting ecosystem services we have enjoyed to date are compromised. Our first challenge as a region is to identify, protect, extend and enhance critical habitats to safeguard what remains so we can continue to enjoy clean air and water, naturally pollinated crops and the other important services they provide. Our second, and perhaps most significant challenge, is to build homes, businesses, industries and economies that promote and protect the natural systems in our region.

Key attributeTerrestrial ecosystems

Goal 1 – The extent, composition, structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems are maintained

Strategies: 

28. Understand critical elements of habitats and promote and support management practices that conserve these.
29. Understand and address drivers of decline in ecosystem extent and condition.
5. Identify and protect priority species/ecosystems and critical refugia to maintain viable populations and key ecosystem services
33. Increase green spaces in populated areas
30. Promote and support vegetation management practices that conserve biodiversity values and ecosystem function.
31. Promote and support management practices that minimise the impacts of weed and pest species.
32. Promote and support management practices that improve vegetation connectivity at the local and regional scales.

Achieving this target also benefits these assets and drivers:

Strategies: 

28. Understand critical elements of habitats and promote and support management practices that conserve these.
29. Understand and address drivers of decline in ecosystem extent and condition.
5. Identify and protect priority species/ecosystems and critical refugia to maintain viable populations and key ecosystem services
30. Promote and support vegetation management practices that conserve biodiversity values and ecosystem function.
31. Promote and support management practices that minimise the impacts of weed and pest species.
15. Understand and prepare for changes in sea level and tidal/storm surges
13. Understand and prepare for changes in sea temperatures, ocean acidity and coastal currents

Achieving this target also benefits these assets and drivers:

Strategies: 

28. Understand critical elements of habitats and promote and support management practices that conserve these.
29. Understand and address drivers of decline in ecosystem extent and condition.
5. Identify and protect priority species/ecosystems and critical refugia to maintain viable populations and key ecosystem services
30. Promote and support vegetation management practices that conserve biodiversity values and ecosystem function.
31. Promote and support management practices that minimise the impacts of weed and pest species.
15. Understand and prepare for changes in sea level and tidal/storm surges
13. Understand and prepare for changes in sea temperatures, ocean acidity and coastal currents

Achieving this target also benefits these assets and drivers:

Goal 2 – Native species (plants and animals) diversity is maintained 

Strategies:

28. Understand critical elements of habitats and promote and support management practices that conserve these.
5. Identify and protect priority species/ecosystems and critical refugia to maintain viable populations and key ecosystem services
30. Promote and support vegetation management practices that conserve biodiversity values and ecosystem function.
31. Promote and support management practices that minimise the impacts of weed and pest species.
33. Increase green spaces in populated areas
15. Understand and prepare for changes in sea level and tidal/storm surges
13. Understand and prepare for changes in sea temperatures, ocean acidity and coastal currents

Achieving this target also benefits these assets and drivers:

Strategy:

28. Understand critical elements of habitats and promote and support management practices that conserve these.
5. Identify and protect priority species/ecosystems and critical refugia to maintain viable populations and key ecosystem services
30. Promote and support vegetation management practices that conserve biodiversity values and ecosystem function.
31. Promote and support management practices that minimise the impacts of weed and pest species.
33. Increase green spaces in populated areas
15. Understand and prepare for changes in sea level and tidal/storm surges
13. Understand and prepare for changes in sea temperatures, ocean acidity and coastal currents

Achieving this target also benefits these assets and drivers:

Key attributeTerrestrial landscape patterns (corridors)

Goal 3 – Habitat connectivity is managed to sustain natural values

Strategies: 

28. Understand critical elements of habitats and promote and support management practices that conserve these.
5. Identify and protect priority species/ecosystems and critical refugia to maintain viable populations and key ecosystem services
30. Promote and support vegetation management practices that conserve biodiversity values and ecosystem function.
31. Promote and support management practices that minimise the impacts of weed and pest species.
26. Build knowledge and awareness about end-of-dry season groundcover/biomass standards by land type.

Achieving this target also benefits these assets and drivers:

On-ground Action

Great Barrier Reef Foundation: Fitzroy Water Quality Program

Great Barrier Reef Foundation: Fitzroy Water Quality Program

Brigalow Catchment Study: Monitoring Fitzroy Grazing Management Practices

Brigalow Catchment Study: Monitoring Fitzroy Grazing Management Practices

Mulloon Institute: NQ Dry Tropics program to enhance grazing landscape rehydration and resilience

Mulloon Institute: NQ Dry Tropics program to enhance grazing landscape rehydration and resilience

Livingstone Shire Council: Community Nursery

Livingstone Shire Council: Community Nursery

Livingstone Shire Council: Bushfire Property Planning Workshops

Livingstone Shire Council: Bushfire Property Planning Workshops