Over 70 passionate people gathered for a workshop in the name of biodiversity this month.
The event was part of the “Growing Connections” project. The key outcome of this project is the development of a 20-year plan for the protection and enhancement of biodiversity across the Western Port Biosphere region, which includes the shires of Mornington Peninsula, Bass Coast, Cardinia and the cities of Casey and Frankston.
Participants were from a broad section of community, science, councils and government agencies, including the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority.
Guest speaker Doug Robinson, a conservation biologist working with Trust for Nature, spoke about his experience planning and implementing biodiversity protection works in central Victoria.
Participants then worked together to create a vision for the protection and enhancement of biodiversity over the next 20 years, including a connectivity map capturing important biodiversity assets and opportunities across the landscape.
The information gathered at the workshop will be invaluable in future planning and implementation of biodiversity works across the Biosphere for years to come, says Western Port Biosphere Executive Officer Cecelia Witton.
“This workshop is a significant step in bringing to fruition years of hard work by all the people involved in the Biosphere.”
The Western Port Biosphere Reserve is delivering the Growing Connections Project over the next four years, with funding from the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Future Biodiversity Fund.