The first World Wildlife Day

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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.”

Mark Selmes talking to school groups about the importance of protecting habitat for wildlife
Mark Selmes talking to school groups about the importance of protecting habitat for wildlife

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.

Geetha Ortec explaining the "who's living on my land" project to the Fullerton/Hadley Landcare group
Geetha Ortec explaining the “who’s living on my land” project to the Fullerton/Hadley Landcare group

“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.

a property in Mt Rae applying for a LFW agreement
a property in Mt Rae applying for a LFW agreement
LFW can provide can provide free assessments of your properties conservation values.
LFW can provide 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.

Juvenile Woollaroo
Juvenile Woollaroo

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.

Kangaroo with Joey
Kangaroo with Joey

For more information contact or visit :

Who’s Living on my Land : Geetha Ortac ,  geethao@npansw.org.au

Land For Wildlife : http://www.cen.org.au/Land-for-Wildlife/  lfw@upperlachlanlandcare.org.au

Wildlife Land Trust : Program Manager Evan Quartermain 1800 333 737 or email :  evan@hsi.org.au

Great Eastern Ranges :  visit greateasternranges.org.au

Wombat on Wildlife Land trust property
Wombat on Wildlife Land trust property

Mark Selmes -Roslyn Landcare Media Officer

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