Melbourne Ark – partnering to restore key habitat and connections through Victoria’s central uplands.
Melbourne is an initiative of CVBA member groups around the northern, greater Melbourne region stretching from Brisbane Ranges to the west, through to the Upper Goulburn River catchment in the east. Groups in this region have met CVBA workshops and identified issues, ecological assets and demographics similar across their region. The notion of sharing ideas, skills and expertise throughout this area was born. Melbourne Ark straddles four Catchment Management Authority Boundaries and 6 Municipal Authorities, as such, groups here have not had the opportunity to work closely together in a formal sense.
The region forms a key connector between the majestic Grampians at the southern-most point of the Great Eastern Ranges and the highly biodiverse, carbon rich and culturally important tall forests of the Victorian Central Highlands. Being part of the Great Eastern Ranges the area will play a vital role in helping to reduce the impact of climate change through providing critical refuge areas for many native species and enable them to move and adapt to a warming climate.
This landscape is under pressure with an expanding Melbourne population encroaching from the south and climate change causing a shift in enviromental conditions southward and upslope from the increasingly arid north.
The emphasis of this Landscape Project from a CVBA point of view is to:
- Provide a context for collective planning, scientific learning, communications and fundraising to build the foundations for cross-scale interactions and more targeted and strategic conservation
- Assist local community organisations to coordinate with each other and collaborate with Government agencies, NGOs and others working across administrative boundaries and land-tenures
- Deliver integrated community engagement and on-ground conservation activities across priority regions with CVBAs member community groups. Activities will be tailored according to groups’ capacity, interests and priorities relevant to their local landscapes.
Melbourne Ark is a flagship project that aims to draw in the relatively high population of people to achieve landscape change that is needed for wildlife to adapt to climate change and for the ranges to remain productive and beautiful for nature and people alike.