Coastal wetland habitats for shorebirds are under increasing pressure due to human activity. BirdLife Australia will build partnerships with land managers and communities in Victoria to ensure the management of nationally and internationally significant sites incorporate the conservation needs of migratory shorebirds.
Project Developing Site Action Plans for Priority Migratory Shorebird Habitat in Victoria
Amount $88,550 over two years
|TRUST OBJECTIVES||PROJECT OBJECTIVES|
|Rural and regional Victoria||Initiating workshops and development of site action plans with rural communities in Victoria to enable opportunities for community involvement in shorebird conservation|
|Enabling financial sustainability||Implementing site action plans will provide activities to help leverage philanthropic support from BirdLife’s extensive supporter network. Community and land manager engagement will facilitate in-kind contributions for implementation of action plans|
|Building organisational capacity||Building the capacity and expertise of land managers across different land tenures and communities in the management and sustainable use of wetlands across Victoria|
|Collaboration and partnership||Catchment Management Authorities, local councils, community groups and other land managers across Victoria|
Many land managers lack the resources, expertise or community support to manage sites for the 37 species of migratory shorebirds that visit our coastline. There is also a general lack of community awareness about the conservation needs of migratory shorebirds and the impacts of human activities on their habitats. Development of site action plans will include opportunities for community involvement in shorebird conservation and monitoring, as well as provide expert advice for land managers to address challenges and threats.
Six internationally significant priority sites have been identified in Victoria across rural and urban areas.
- Meetings with land managers to identify current management practices and challenges relevant to migratory shorebirds
- Community workshops to discuss human use of site and opportunities to mitigate human disturbance to shorebirds
- Shorebird identification and monitoring workshops to recruit and up-skill volunteers in shorebird monitoring at the priority sites
- A State-wide symposium with land managers to facilitate collaboration and learning between significant sites