Biodiversity Matters is an Arid Lands Environment Centre initiative to increase community participation in land management and biodiversity conservation activities.
Biodiversity Matters cuts across the barrier of land tenure by engaging private landholders, indigenous land managers, pastoralists, park rangers and scientists to identify conservation priorities and land management needs. ALEC currently works with the Northern Territory Department of Land Resource Management (DLRM) - Flora and Fauna Division, NT Parks and Wildlife Commission (PWC), Land for Wildlife Alice Springs (LFW), Centralian Land Management Association (CLMA), Alice Springs Desert Park (ASDP), Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club (ASFNC), Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), Olive Pink Botanical Gardens (OPBG), Alice Springs Landcare and other partners to develop an annual field trip and activity program.
The Biodiversity Matters program includes informational sessions and hands-on field trips, where participants learn about local biodiversity issues and participate in conservation activities including flora and fauna research, weed removal, fencing and other activities as needed.
The 2015 Biodiversity Matters program concluded at the end of September with the Fauna Trapping Surveying Field Trip hosted by Land for Wildlife.
The program saw 4 field trip events over the course of the year, which also included Propagating Native Plants hosted by the Alice Springs Desert Park, a visit to the Intertexta Eucalyptus Forest hosted by the Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club, and Buffel and Cactus Busting with Alice Springs Landcare.
All field trips averaged between 15-30 participants, and offered community members a chance to learn about and contribute to local conservation projects.
Check out the great photos from the field trip events on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/biodiversitymattersaridlands/ This page also shares information about local conservation news and activities.
As a result of funding cuts to ALEC, who coordinates the Biodiversity Matters program, it is unsure at this stage whether it will continue into 2016 with regular field trips, however conservation information and activities will still be promoted via social media and the website.
Some images from the 2015 Biodversity Matters program:
Visit the Facebook Page for more photos and updates.