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Innovation for 21st Century Conservation

The Conservancy is pleased to join the Australian Committee for IUCN and the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in announcing a new publication – Innovation for 21st Century Conservation. This book expresses the profound belief that retaining Australia’s unique and rich terrestrial and marine species and varied ecosystems is an urgent challenge that requires, perhaps more than anything else, innovative partnerships across sectors.   

Despite the substantial efforts of many sectors to address these challenges, most indicators of species and ecological health suggest that our current progress is inadequate to stem serious species losses, especially in the face of increasing threats like climate change. This has driven a commitment to seek integrated conservation management across many tenures to support our protected areas. To make this happen, we need a willingness to explore more effective means of achieving conservation at scale with many different land managers and Indigenous and local communities.

This publication—which was co-edited by Dr. James Fitzsimons, Director of Conservation for the Conservancy’s Australia Program—illustrates a richness of examples of such innovation. There are many new partnerships and models for the establishment of protected areas; examples include the groundbreaking acquisition of Fish River Station in the Northern Territory and the development of the Indigenous Protected Areas (IPA) Program, which led to the recent declaration of Australia’s largest land reserve—the Southern Tanami Indigenous Protected Area. Its key purpose is to demonstrate the feasibility of new approaches and encourage their adoption. The book also outlines the challenges to these new directions in an attempt to understand the best way forward.

Not all innovative approaches to conservation become mainstream; however, the need for an array of landscape approaches is clear. The international strategic direction is fully endorsed in the Aichi Targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the full range of national bipartisan documents has endorsed this direction. We hope readers, from decision-makers to students, will be inspired and renew their efforts to ensure that Australia’s conservation efforts in this critical 21st century lead to real innovation for real outcomes.  


You can download Innovation for 21st Century Conservation (2012, Penelope Figgis, James Fitzsimons, Jason Irving (editors), Australian Committee for IUCN, Sydney, Australia) in its entirety here—below are PDF files that link to each chapter of the book.

Forward, by Julia Marton-Lefèvre (PDF)

Chapter 1. Innovation in conservation, by Penelope Figgis AO (PDF)

Chapter 2. A personal journey to innovation, by Doug Humann (PDF)

Chapter 3. Daunting problems, exciting prospects a personal reflection, by Peter Taylor (PDF)

Chapter 4. Why we need Rick Farley now more than ever, by Max Bourke AM (PDF)

Chapter 5. Innovation in conservation and the Convention on Biological Diversity, by Peter Cochrane (PDF)

Chapter 6. A collaborative future for conservation: lessons from connectivity conservation, by Carina Wyborn (PDF)

Chapter 7. Indigenous Protected Areas – innovation beyond the boundaries, by Bruce Rose (PDF)

Chapter 8. Innovation in public policy for conservation of biodiversity, by Martin Wardrop and Charlie Zammit (PDF)

Chapter 9. Getting results in conservation, by Martin Taylor (PDF)

Chapter 10. Territory Eco-link: large framework, small budget, by Andrew Bridges (PDF)

Chapter 11. Innovative approaches to land acquisition and conservation management: the case of Fish River Station, Northern Territory, by James Fitzsimons and Michael Looker (PDF)

Chapter 12. Arkaroola – creating a new type of protected area, by Jason Irving (PDF)

Chapter 13. Opportunities for enhancing conservation management and resilience through tenure resolution in Cape York Peninsula, by Andrea Leverington (PDF)

Chapter 14. Gondwana Link: process or plan, movement or organisation, by Keith Bradby (PDF)

Chapter 15. Great Eastern Ranges Initiative: mobilising the community and sustaining the momentum for continental-scale conservation, by Rob Dunn, Gary Howling and Alison Totterdell (PDF)

Chapter 16. Wunambal Gaambera Healthy Country Plan, by Heather Moorcroft (PDF)

Chapter 17. Fire management in the central Kimberley (EcoFire): delivering measurable results by integrating science and land management in a cost-effective model, by Sarah Legge and Atticus Fleming (PDF)

Chapter 18. Conservation for culture and livelihoods – Angas Downs, Northern Territory, by George Wilson and Jennifer Smits (PDF)

Chapter 19. Shoalwater Bay Training Area: capability, conservation and collaboration, by Julia Bowett, Alan Davidson and Tennille Danvers (PDF)

Chapter 20. Innovation in Victoria’s parks, by Ian Walker (PDF)

Chapter 21. Mapping our priorities – innovation in spatial decision support, by Rob Lesslie (PDF)

Chapter 22. Farmland investment and markets for ecoservices – attracting finance sector investment in ecosystem protection, by Shawn Butters, Malory Weston and Cullen Gunn (PDF)

Chapter 23. ‘Henbury Station’ – an industry perspective on financing conservation for carbon and biodiversity markets, by Rebecca Pearse (PDF)

Chapter 24. Midlands Conservation Fund – an innovative conservation tool developed in response to the social, economic, and ecological conditions of the Tasmanian Midlands, by Nathan Males (PDF)

Chapter 25. Ngarrindjeri futures: negotiating a future through Caring for Ruwe/Ruwar (lands, waters and all living things), by Steve Hemming and Daryle Rigney (PDF)

Chapter 26. Brookfield – a new approach to the management of public land, by Tricia Curtis and Joanne Davies (PDF)

Chapter 27. Protecting Queensland’s Channel Country and the flows to Lake Eyre, by Rupert Quinlan and Barry Traill (PDF)

Chapter 28. Innovative measures for establishing protected areas on private lands in South Australia, by Greg Leaman and Clare Nicolson (PDF)

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