An Innovative Approach to Local Landscape Restoration Planning: Lessons from Practice

Davidson, I., M. Sheahan and R. Thackway

Publication Date:

Working on the principle that scarce restoration funding is best directed to areas of higher recovery capacity, a pilot project was carried out in the South-west Slopes, NSW, commissioning expert panels to identify priority ‘local landscapes’ with high levels of biodiversity assets. A rapid assessment method was then trialled in two out of 26 such landscapes to detect areas of higher recovery potential. The dramatically higher levels of connectivity and restorability found (compared to tree cover mapping) have implications for future catchment management planning and highlight the benefits of conducting targeted, rapid assessments at this scale.

Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed Article