Snapshot of Nature Conservation Strategy outcomes

Vision: “Biodiversity rich, resilient landscapes stretching from the inner city to the mountains,
where well-functioning ecosystems can meet the needs of people and the environment”

Outcome 1: Native vegetation and biodiversity is maintained and improved.

Outcome 2: Landscapes are more resilient, including to climate change.

Outcome 3: Community health and wellbeing is increased through use and appreciation of natural areas and ‘green assets’ in urban areas.

Note: progress of outcomes will be measured against targets – see Table 2

Strategy 1: Enhance habitat connectivity and ecosystem function


  1. Develop baseline information on landscape function.
  2. Undertake fine scale planning for habitat connectivity.
  3. Enhance regional connectivity.
  4. Assess conservation investment opportunities across public and privately managed lands in the ACT.
  5. Fund priority landscape actions.

Strategy 2: Manage threats to biodiversity


  1. Implement ACT Weed Strategy (2009–19).
  2. Implement Pest Animal Management Strategy (2012–22).
  3. Manage total grazing pressure on ecosystem function in reserves.
  4. Establish and implement ecologically appropriate fire regimes.
  5. Implement improved catchment management to support aquatic ecosystems.
  6. Develop and implement a migratory species action plan.
  7. Develop and implement an ACT soils strategy.

Strategy 3: Protect species and ecological communities


  1. Manage the protected area estate.
  2. Develop, implement and review action plans for threatened species and communities.
  3. Restore and manage priority landscapes.
  4. Identify biodiversity refugia under drought and climate change.
  5. Monitor five priority ecosystems most vulnerable to threats.
  6. Implement captive breeding programs and translocation programs.
  7. Propagate and translocate threatened plants.
  8. Establish seed banks and seed orchards.

Strategy 4: Enhance biodiversity value of urban areas


  1. Manage impacts of urban development on biodiversity.
  2. Manage urban open space.
  3. Enhance connectivity through urban areas.
  4. Manage the urban edge.
  5. Support urban landcare and ParkCare activities.
  6. Manage and enhance green assets and infrastructure.

Strategy 5: Strengthen community engagement


  1. Support greater community involvement through volunteering.
  2. Enhance and promote the use of citizen science.
  3. Implement targeted community education campaigns on priority issues.
  4. Build Indigenous engagement in the management of natural resources.
  5. Encourage the involvement of youth in nature conservation.
  6. Support appropriate recreational and tourism use of natural areas.
  7. Enhance key partnerships across government, community and the private sector.