Protecting Biodiversity

Our projects and programs

The Protecting Biodiversity Programme of NQ Dry Tropics supports the community to protect, maintain and restore biodiversity in the Burdekin Dry Tropics region. We provide planning direction, advice, information, and practical support to mobilise community efforts in achieving this.

The Protecting Biodiversity Programme has been structured with two thematic areas that focus on:

  • reducing the threats and impacts and
  • improving the condition and extent of biodiversity values within the region.

Biodiversity provides numerous values to the region and its community and can be explained through the three important concepts of:

  • Ecosystem Services – the benefits that natural elements of the landscape (e.g. soils, water, vegetation, wildlife) provide to humans (e.g. sustainable grazing),
  • Resilience – the ability of country to absorb disturbance (e.g. droughts, floods, fires) and recover quickly (bounce back) without dramatically changing,
  • Threshold – the point where there is no recovery and the country changes.

NQ Dry Tropics takes a whole of landscape approach to biodiversity management. The program is informed by the best available science, together with existing plans such as the Burdekin Dry Tropics Regional Pest Management Strategy. Key objectives of the program include:

  • Reducing the impacts of priority pest and weed species,
  • Building regional capacity to effectively manage priority pest and weed,
  • Targeting investment for prevention and early intervention of new and priority invasive species
  • Supporting the recovery of Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) listed species by addressing priority threatening processes,
  • Engaging the community and increasing participation in the protection of keystone ecosystems.

Protecting Biodiversity Projects

Coordinated Regional Pest and Weed Management in the Burdekin Dry Tropics Bio Corridors and Landscapes Connectivity (Species Recovery) Conservation Action Planning (CAP)
Beach Scrub Project (CAP) Black-throated Finch Project (CAP)