With such a large corridor to work in, the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (GER) needs to invest time, effort and money strategically, in areas and projects which will bring the greatest benefit. Analysis and planning is carried out at both the whole-of-corridor and regional scales. The outcomes of all projects are also evaluated, in order to inform future planning and development.
There are four main stages GER uses in prioritising areas:
- Spatial analysis
Understanding how each area of habitat contributes to connectivity of the GER corridor, how current efforts help with maintaining that connectivity, and where we should invest effort and resources in the future.
- Regional planning
Used in each area to bring together the best available information on conservation priorities, partners’ programs and delivery capacity and local knowledge to develop agreement on where to work.
- Project development
Regional conservation planning is used to work out which pressures are most influential in each landscape, how these should be best addressed, who is able to be involved and in what order the problems should be tackled.
- Monitoring success
It is vital to be able to demonstrate how the project has enhanced connectivity across the GER corridor and improved condition and resilience in the landscape. A number of indicators and associated desired trends are used to monitor success.