Landscape connectivity and conservation

Habitat loss and fragmentation, and the spread of invasive species are primary threats to biodiversity, the provision of ecosystem services, and climate change resilience.

As a way of dealing with these threats, increasing the amount of habitat preserved and improving landscape connectivity have emerged as biodiversity conservation priorities. It is now widely accepted that conservation planning must incorporate a landscape level approach, and consequently encompass multiple land tenures, including the private lands of Australia.

Private lands fulfil an important function by increasing the area coverage of habitat preserved, and in many cases, increasing connectivity in the wider landscape. In doing so, private land conservation plays a vital role in maintaining and restoring the ecological processes on which we depend.

Increasing and improving conservation of private lands, in alignment with set national and state level conservation goals, will not only work to counteract the decline of biodiversity but also make private lands more resilient to climate change and capable of sustaining the ecosystem services on which both current and future Australians rely.