Get access

An innovative approach to local landscape restoration planning: Lessons from practice


  • Ian Davidson,

  • Mark Sheahan,

  • Richard Thackway

  • Working on the principle that scarce restoration funding is best directed to areas of higher recovery capacity, a pilot project was carried out in the South-west Slopes, NSW, commissioning expert panels to identify priority ‘local landscapes’ with high levels of biodiversity assets. A rapid assessment method was then trialled in two out of 26 such landscapes to detect areas of higher recovery potential. The dramatically higher levels of connectivity and restorability found (compared to tree cover mapping) have implications for future catchment management planning and highlight the benefits of conducting targeted, rapid assessments at this scale.

Ian Davidson is principal consultant for Regeneration Solutions (15 Weir Street, Wangaratta, Vic. 3677, Australia; Tel: +61 3 5721 7595; Email: Mark Sheahan is Co-ordinator, Landscape Planning & Assessment, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage – South Branch (PO Box 733, Queanbeyan, NSW 2620, Australia; Tel: +61 2 6229 7092; Richard Thackway is Manager Vegetation and Land Cover Information (Land Use and Management Section, ABARES, GPO Box1563, Canberra, ACT 2601, Tel: +61 2 62724856,