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The Role of Connectivity in Australian Conservation

Soule, Michael E; Mackey, Brendan; Recher, Harry F; Williams, Jann E; Woinariki, John; Driscoll, Don; Dennison, W C; Jones, M K

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The existing system of nature reserves in Australia is inadequate for the long-term conservation and restoration of native biological diversity because it fails to accommodate, among other elements, large scale and long-term ecological processes and change, including physical and biotic transport in the landscape. This paper is an overview of the connectivity elements that inform a scientific framework for significantly improving the prospects for the long-term conservation of Australia's...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSoule, Michael E
dc.contributor.authorMackey, Brendan
dc.contributor.authorRecher, Harry F
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Jann E
dc.contributor.authorWoinariki, John
dc.contributor.authorDriscoll, Don
dc.contributor.authorDennison, W C
dc.contributor.authorJones, M K
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:42:51Z
dc.date.available2015-12-13T22:42:51Z
dc.identifier.issn1038-2097
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/78935
dc.description.abstractThe existing system of nature reserves in Australia is inadequate for the long-term conservation and restoration of native biological diversity because it fails to accommodate, among other elements, large scale and long-term ecological processes and change, including physical and biotic transport in the landscape. This paper is an overview of the connectivity elements that inform a scientific framework for significantly improving the prospects for the long-term conservation of Australia's biodiversity. The framework forms the basis for the WildCountry programme. This programme has identified connectivity at landscape, regional and continental scales as a critical component of an effective conservation system. Seven categories of ecological phenomena are reviewed that require landscape permeability and that must be considered when planning for the maintenance of biological diversity and ecological resilience in Australia: (1) trophic relations at regional scales; (2) animal migration, dispersal, and other large scale movements of individuals and propagules; (3) fire and other forms of disturbance at regional scales; (4) climate variability in space and time and human forced rapid climate change; (5) hydroecological relations and flows at all scales; (6) coastal zone fluxes of organisms, matter, and energy; and, (7) spatially-dependent evolutionary processes at all scales. Finally, we mention eight cross-cutting themes that further illuminate the interactions and implications of the seven connectivity-related phenomena for conservation assessment, planning, research, and management, and we suggest how the results might be applied by analysts, planners, scientists, and community conservationists.
dc.publisherSurrey Beatty & Sons
dc.sourcePacific Conservation Biology
dc.subjectKeywords: biodiversity; connectivity; conservation; nature reserve; Animalia Australia; Biodiversity; Connectivity; Conservation; Landscape permeability; WildCountry
dc.titleThe Role of Connectivity in Australian Conservation
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume8
dc.date.issued2004
local.identifier.absfor050202 - Conservation and Biodiversity
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub7484
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSoule, Michael E, Wilderness Society
local.contributor.affiliationMackey, Brendan, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationRecher, Harry F, Edith Cowan University
local.contributor.affiliationWilliams, Jann E, La Trobe University
local.contributor.affiliationWoinariki, John, Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory
local.contributor.affiliationDriscoll, Don, Flinders University
local.contributor.affiliationDennison, W C, University of Chicago
local.contributor.affiliationJones, M K, University of Melbourne
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage267
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage279
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T10:09:14Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-11144255202
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