Connectivity conservation & the National Wildlife Corridors Plan
In a relatively short period of time, ‘connectivity conservation’ initiatives popped up across the continent and the Federal Government just released a draft National Wildlife Corridor Plan (NWCP). If ‘connectivity conservation’ is the new black, what is it and why should we pay attention?
Connectivity conservation combines a focus on the protection, retention and rehabilitation of natural connections in the landscape with an explicit commitment to social values and collaborative land management. Initiatives that aim to build connectivity challenge existing conservation management in three ways:
• they represent a shift in focus from conserving ‘sites and species’ to one
on landscapes and processes (a focus that is blind to tenure);
• they operate on a very large scale – many initiatives cover multiple
bioregions and jurisdictions; and
• they are transforming the role of government in conservation. The alliances behind many of our national biolink projects are being driven by NGOs with the government playing an equal or secondary role. The National Wildlife Corridor Plan is about providing a foundation to support these collaborative, tenure-blind approaches to whole-oflandscape conservation…