A landscape scale approach to conservation and culture
Territory Eco-link is one of Australia’s most important protected area projects and will deliver more than 2000 kilometres of linked areas in the Northern Territory. As isolated protected areas suffer permanent impacts when species are lost to disease, fire or other disasters – connecting landscapes will provide the pathway for species to move over larger distances and help prevent local extinctions.
The Northern Territory Government initiative has seen a landscape scale approach to management of our natural systems. These whole-of-landscape approaches are being developed worldwide as the connections between protected areas are realised as important as the areas themselves.
Whilst building resilience in our natural systems and balancing economic and social development with long-term sustainable agricultural, pastoral, tourism and mining industries it has ensured a far richer Territory with healthy people and healthy country.
Territory Eco-link has not only built on our existing assets such as Territory parks, Indigenous protected areas, private conservation reserves and sites of conservation significance, it has also combined our important cultural and historical stories that run through this landscape.