Implement control programs for feral pigs, utilising integrated pest management principles, including coordinated trapping, baiting and sterilising.
A coordinated approach to pig management is required to maximise the control efforts.
Active waterway restoration in priority locations, through revegetation (up to 50m wide) and debris clearing to promote bank stability.
Cyclones Larry and Yasi hit the rivers and riparian vegetation pretty hard and they need some help to recover and be in a more resilient state for next time. Focus on cleared river banks or excessive debris changing flows and causing severe bank erosion. Revegetating as wide an area as possible will improve the successful establishment of functional corridors.
Develop case studies from model farms in strategic locations, identifying impediments and successes to environmentally sustainable management.
A large amount of land is managed by private landholders. Incentives and support can be used to encourage improved land management practices on those farms, leading to uptake in other areas.
Develop a network of NRM Champions, based on a coordinated, partnership approach, which promotes community pride in the results.
Community involvement, ownership and pride will provide on ground results and community maintenance and monitoring of projects. Celebrate success and market the stories really well to the community to attract more interest.
Conduct an education program on the environmental impacts of dogs and cats, including influencing policy related to pet ownership and new developments.
Education is required to ensure changes happen in the home around pet management. Changes in legislation and enforcement will ensure increased responsibility by pet owners. Changes require broad understanding and pressure from the community.
Conduct futures forums at enterprise and industry level, for providing information and sharing expert knowledge.
Creating a space for talking about things differently and incorporating new knowledge, such as climate change, can expose landholders to new industries and opportunities. Can form part of an education/extension program for interested landholders regarding alternative crops suited to the area.
Establish large scale trials of current and alternative nutrient application and fertiliser types.
Primary production is one of the largest land uses in the GBR lagoon; the implementation of research results will therefore cover the greatest possible land area, providing significant results to terrestrial and aquatic systems, while maintaining community and business.
Organise small, local, community based activities like tree plantings or clean up days to make it easy for people to get involved.
Breaking up larger NRM initiatives into small tasks that integrate when coordinated together can help to engage people without them having to commit to a lot of effort. Using the successes to get more involvement will be important. Work through existing groups.
Develop a marketing, education and awareness raising program, with follow up support for project implementation through community grants.
Broader marketing of the success stories will get new people involved in NRM. Using real projects will make NRM real to people; telling our story better will help spark people’s interest and build community pride.
Develop an education program targeting business, tourism and community to provide information about World Heritage cultural values.
A shared vision would be developed and worked towards by the community, resulting in local ownership of the initiative and protection and presentation of World Heritage values.
Advocacy at all government levels for policy changes to improve understanding and appreciation of natural / cultural resources.
Changes in policy will result in improved management practices and on-ground changes, improving environmental outcomes.
Targeted plantings of coastal woodland trees to reconnect woodland habitat in priority Mahogany Glider habitat locations.
Mahogany Glider and other woodland species rely on the woodland habitat. Need to reverse the legacy of clearing this vegetation type to help the gliders survive.
Establish a “Buy Back” program for high value habitat, to ensure long term protection.
Properties in priority locations in the landscape that have high habitat values are very important and should be protected through buy back. It may be necessary to use active revegetation to connect and restore habitat and corridors in degraded areas.
Investigate more responsible and productive uses of already cleared land, to avoid the need for further clearing.
Maintaining and increasing productivity of cleared land may reduce further clearing requirements. Agricultural diversity may provide employment opportunities.
Use the Wet Tropics Visitor Centre as a hub to showcase the region, establish a quality interpretative centre using leading edge technology.
The area has been severely impacted by cyclones; this project will help rejuvenate the area, resulting in a more stable economy and improved employment opportunities. It can include a website hosting the digital library, and a state of the art visitor-attracting experience.
Develop education and empowerment programs for sustainable agriculture to foster lasting ownership and change.
This is the best investment of resources and time – investment in knowledge rather than assets. A healthy landscape can repair and maintain itself.
Implement more aggressive pest eradication programs, through increased emphasis and funding for control programs.
Better management of weeds & pests will result in better agricultural and environmental outcomes. Effective weed and pest management will allow farmers to concentrate on diversifying their agricultural enterprise.
Rehabilitation and connection of remnant forest, through weed management and replanting, providing altitudinal connectivity and resilience against climate change impacts.
Providing safe, functional ways for wildlife to access new habitat, including those areas identified as climate refuges, will be imperative for many of our species, given the likely impacts of climate change.
Conduct revegetation and weed control activities, particularly along waterways, to improve habitat connectivity and biodiversity outcomes. Involve as many landholders as possible to encourage ownership of the projects.
It is important for a wide range of landholders to be involved to ensure good community stewardship of projects.
Construction of sediment traps and artificial lagoons to restore and increase wetlands across the region.
Healthy wetlands provide multiple environmental benefits – sediment reduction, filtering chemicals, providing habitat, reducing water velocity.
Construct a fish highway to connect rivers, creeks and wetlands to allow better movement of fish.
Landholders’ waterways will be connected to the broader floodplain landscape, allowing fish movement across the landscape.