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The "Kimberley to Cape Initiative" in Northern Australia is working across one quarter of a billion hectares of arguably the largest ecologically intact areas of tropical savannas, rivers and shallow seas in the world. It offers a globally significant opportunity in tropical conservation connectivity. The project aims to support development and conservation that enhances natural and cultural values and strengthens communities. Its key strategy is to establish an interconnected network of land of diverse tenures. It includes and links landscapes of particularly high conservation value, e.g.
This case study discusses the great potential connectivity outcomes when development offsets are required in a landscape which has a foundation of groups committed towards achieving a conservation “corridor”. In this example, the development was the loss of vegetation required for the duplication of the Hume Highway (by Roads and Maritime NSW) and the “corridor” is the priority landscape of the Slopes to Summit partnership (within the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative area) in southern NSW.
Artisanal mining continues to be a major challenge in protected areas, as enforcement is hard to undertake. Through appropriate partnerships with the private sector, gemology labs can develop a brand differentiation program whereby revenues from jewelry that contains responsibly mined gems (that can be chemically traced through gemological techniques) are partially channeled back into conservation. This idea was developed in partnership with Gemological Institute of America and University of Basel’s Laurent Cartier.
The Great Barrier Reef is an amazing natural treasure and one of the most precious ecosystems on Earth. It is critical to the cultural, economic and social wellbeing of more than one million people who live in its catchment and is valued by the national and international community. In light of increasing pressures, and concerns raised by the World Heritage Committee on the impacts of development in 2011, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority worked with the Queensland Government and the Commonwealth Department of the Environment to undertake a comprehensive strategic assessment.