Trust for Nature is supporting this National Landcare Programme project which is strategically important for coastal conservation in Victoria.
Our coastal landscapes are facing a variety of issues. Habitat is under pressure from subdivision, hobby farming, urban development and subsequent altered hydrology, and high land values make traditional approaches to land protection difficult and expensive. Fortunately most of the coast is public land and mostly protected, however any private land adjacent to the coast is a prime target for urban/resort development.
This project supports protection and connectivity for vulnerable coastal ecosystems and habitat, aligning with the following objectives of Trust for Nature’s Statewide Conservation Plan:
- Improve the viability of ecosystems and species at a landscape scale
- Improve protection of the least protected ecosystems and threatened communities
- Improve protection of significant aquatic and coastal ecosystems
- Enhance and protect landscape connectivity
- Enhance and protect habitat quality
So far, one conservation covenant and related management plan has been agreed covering an area of 82 hectares. Another covenant is in development, covering an area of 135 hectares. These are both large areas in the context of the private land along Victoria’s west coast.
“Coastal and estuarine habitats are dominated by a variety of ecosystems, and support numerous threatened species.”
Protecting and improving coastal and estuarine vegetation enables these threatened species to extend their range and improve their chance of recovery. Coastal Tender provides landholders with an opportunity to help protect our coastal environments, whilst ensuring some income is still made off these areas. Trust for Nature is working with landholders to establish conservation covenants for permanent protection and supporting them with relevant conservation management plans.