Run by the Victorian Biodiversity Managers’ Network and the Indigenous Fauna and Flora Association, the Forum aimed to:
- Explore current biodiversity management approaches
- Begin a discussion on ways of improving biodiversity planning and monitoring practices
- Kick off a new network of knowledge sharing.
The presentations covered a wide range of topics, and several clear key messages emerged:
- There are clear benefits of consistent, repeatable approaches to defining conservation objectives and planning projects. Frameworks such as the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation are great for guiding this thinking.
- Mobile GIS technology can aid field data collection by allowing users to edit and view previously collected data while still in the field, and standardising data collection across users.
- Defining your objectives prior to implementing a biodiversity monitoring program is vital to informing your approach, and its overall success.
- Biodiversity monitoring that is well thought out and well done can have tangible influences in guiding conservation policy and management.