Contributed by Mark Selmes Roslyn Landcare Media Officer
Monday the 3rd March was proclaimed the very first World Wildlife Day by the United Nations General Assembly.
The Director General of UNESCO said : “Today wildlife is under threat . If we do not act together the next generation could face the most dramatic wave of extinction since the disappearance of the dinosaurs. To prevent this we need to protect and conserve key habitats that are crucial to threatened species.”
In Australia only about 11.5 % of our landmass has some form of security as protected areas. Protecting habitat on private lands is an integral part of the solution for our wildlife and our future . Individual efforts and community environment groups such as Landcare play vital roles and most are run on the enthusiasm of volunteers, but there are currently a number of programmes available to assist.
“Who’s Living on my Land “ allows landholders to become citizen scientists and take part in this National Park’s Association project using infra red motion detection cameras to monitor fauna, flora and pests on the participants land. Funding comes through the NSW Environmental Trust and is part of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative -one of the largest conservation projects in the world.
“Land For Wildlife” is a free , voluntary scheme encouraging and assisting landholders to include nature conservation alongside other objectives on their property and enter voluntary (non-legally binding) conservation agreements . Land for Wildlife has recently formed a relationship with the Upper Lachlan Catchment Coordinating Committee and can provide free assessments of your properties conservation values.
“The Wildlife Land Trust “ also encourages landholders to become part of global efforts with a like minded network of people working towards habitat and wildlife protection , this time as part of the Humane Society International . Non – binding, no cost , risk free conservation.
These schemes provide advice and inform of future funding opportunities to those wishing to protect wildlife values on their properties.
All of the above programmes can help to compliment sustainable land management practices , add to connectivity in the region and help protect the many benefits that come from biodiversity , including water regulation , carbon sequestration , erosion control , as well as the many social and cultural benefits of being involved in the preservation of parts of the Great Eastern Ranges.
For more information contact or visit :
Who’s Living on my Land : Geetha Ortac , firstname.lastname@example.org
Land For Wildlife : http://www.cen.org.au/Land-for-Wildlife/ email@example.com
Wildlife Land Trust : Program Manager Evan Quartermain 1800 333 737 or email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Eastern Ranges : visit greateasternranges.org.au
Mark Selmes -Roslyn Landcare Media Officer