New approach to conserving Wilsons Promontory National Park
Friday 21 April, 2017
Parks Victoria is adopting a new approach to conservation planning for managing the extensive parks estate across Victoria, and the first plan to be launched in Victoria is the Wilsons Promontory Conservation Action Plan.
Using the Conservation action planning methodology, Parks Victoria can identify and focus on strategies that will achieve the greatest improvement in the overall health of ecosystems. This planning process is being used by many conservation agencies around the globe, and can help Parks Victoria share information with international partners when tackling similar problems.
The Wilsons Promontory Conservation Action Plan covers the marine and terrestrial habitats of Wilsons Prom. It has been in development over the past four years involving a number of stakeholders, researchers, and scientists and specifies clear objectives to be achieved by 2021.
Restoration of the Coastal Grassy Woodlands in the northern section of the park, landscape wide deer, fox and cat control, marine and estuarine management and an ecological fire program are some of the key strategies identified in the Conservation Action Plan that will be undertaken over the next 5 years to restore and conserve the park.
Quotes attributable to Park’s Victoria’s Director Environment and Science, Dr Mark Norman
“The Wilsons Promontory Conservation Action Plan has used a thorough process to identify the Prom’s environmental values, what’s at threat and the priority actions needed to protect and restore the Prom’s unique environmental values for current and future generations."
“Conservation action planning has identified one area of the park in rapid decline; the Coastal grassy woodlands, and a comprehensive restoration program is planned as a priority measure.”
”The key to success for the Wilsons Promontory Conservation Action Plan will be the continuation of collaborative partnerships that were established in the preparation of the plan. We look forward to working with our key science, research and agency stakeholders to deliver the crucial program.”