Victoria's Native Vegetation Management: A Framework for Action
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Introduction | The Main Goal: Net Gain | Guiding Principles | The Three Step Approach | Quality vs Quantity
Native Vegetation Management: A Framework for action (the Framework) was released in 2002. It was developed to implement the objectives of Victoria’s Biodiversity Strategy and the Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010-2030.
The Main Goal: Net Gain
The Framework’s main goal is to achieve a reversal, across the entire landscape of the long-term decline in the extent and quality of native vegetation, leading to a net gain.
Net gain is where overall gains in native vegetation are greater than overall losses and where individual losses are avoided where possible. This recognises that although it’s better to retain existing native vegetation, it is possible to partially recover both amount and quality by active work and therefore improve the result as a whole. Net gain will be achieved as a result of landholder and government-assisted efforts to protect and improve native vegetation. In addition, permitted clearing must be offset in a way that adequately addresses the future impacts of such clearing.
The framework has four guiding principles:
The Three Step Approach - Avoid, minimise and offset
In applying the policy, there are three key steps for land managers and owners to address when considering vegetation clearing:
Quality vs QuantityMost concern for native vegetation is focused on clearing, but maintaining good quality native vegetation is just as important for conserving plants and animals and for maintaining our land in good condition.
DEPI has developed a standard approach for estimating the quality of an area of vegetation. Known as habitat hectares, it measures a site’s condition and landscape context.
Site condition measures how much the site has changed from a 'benchmark' that describes the average characteristics of the vegetation if it were mature and undisturbed for some time, by looking at:
how big the area of vegetation is that the site is within; and
links to, and amount of, neighbouring patches of vegetation
The maps, information and publications section of this site, specifically the Vegetation Quality Assessment Manual, describes how benchmarks are used during vegetation quality assessments.
Copies of the Framework
Hard copies are currently unavailable, a reprint will be done mid 2011.
Please note: Document(s) on this page are presented in PDF format. If you do not have the Adobe Reader, you can download a copy free from the Adobe web site.