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2016 Winner - Government

City of Boroondara on behalf of the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action Councils

Biodiversity Monitoring in Melbourne’s East

During 2015, the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA), a network of seven councils in Melbourne’s east, worked with the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, Melbourne University, BirdLife Australia, ClimateWatch as well as and other researchers, not-for-profits and Victorian Government agencies to develop and trial a framework for monitoring biodiversity.

The framework will help EAGA councils reflect on and adapt their onground management activities in the context of a changing climate.

Key outcomes from the project included development of the monitoring framework, incorporating an implementation guide, and a trial to establish baselines, determine plots for vegetation, develop ClimateWatch trails, and introduce a community bird monitoring project.

This project represents a council-based regional approach to biodiversity monitoring in Victoria. Its methods and tools could be applied by local and regional land managers across Australia, individually or in partnership.

Biodiversity Monitoring in Melbourne’s East was recognised in the 2016 United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards, winning the Local Government Category.

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