Biolinks Action Plan
The Biolinks Action Plan is the CEC’s ambitious plan to create a network of biolinks across the region to provide multiple environmental, economic and social benefits. Biolinks are linkages of natural habitat (native vegetation, waterways, etc.) that restore ecological connectivity between patches.
Not only are biolinks vital to the wellbeing of the environment and its biodiversity, but they also provide many benefits to agriculture and influence human wellbeing in other ways. Creating biolinks is an effective way to provide benefits all-round!
- Provide habitat for native plants and animals
- Help native plants and animals move between isolated patches
- Help native species persist in disturbed landscapes
- Maintain water, air and soil quality
- Reduce erosion and sediment loss to waterways
- Stabilise the water table to mitigate salinity problems
- Improve resilience of species and ecosystems to disturbances including climate change
- Act as carbon “sinks”, storing carbon in vegetation and soil
- Enhance property values
- Manage storm water
Enhance productivity and sustainability of agriculture:
- Protect stock, pastures and crops
- Control erosion
- Control salinity
- Provide natural crop pollination and pest control services by native birds, insects, mammals and reptiles
- Opportunity to participate in eco-markets (e.g. carbon)
- Provide important places for recreation and relaxation
- Maintain the scenic quality (‘amenity’) and “Australian essence” of landscapes
- Facilitate stronger community cohesion and cooperation by creating opportunities to work on common projects
The most easily recognised type of biolink is a continuous linear strip or corridor, although discontinuous stepping stones can also act as biolinks. Enlarged sections along corridors or nodes act as biodiversity bus-stops. Core areas are the patches we want to connect between (often public land parks or reserves).
Creating biolinks across private property is extremely important. Private land fills the often-extensive spaces between parks and reserves and frequently contains significant biological assets itself (such as threatened species or waterways).
The ability of biolinks on private properties to function over larger areas will depend on the degree to which neighbours are able to link up their property-level biolinks. Like links in a chain, every property can be a vital part of a biolink!
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- Biolinks Deep_Ararat
- Biolinks Bunyip-Cannibal
- Biolinks Cardinia-GumScrub-Toomuc
- Biolinks Tarago
- Biolinks Dalmore Outfalls
- Biolinks Lower Bunyip
- Biolinks Minnieburn-OMahoneys