Adaptive Management Partnership (AMP)
In 2014 a conversation commenced that sought to bring together key stakeholders in the GVD to work collaboratively on conservation and land management. With funding support from the GVD Biodiversity Trust an agreement was reached to undertake a plan using an adaptive management framework. Over the course of three workshops (between October 2016 and March 2017) and many iterations since, representatives from eight stakeholder groups with an interest in looking after desert Country in the Great Victoria Desert bioregion have made a start towards coordinated conservation action planning for the Western Australian extent of the Great Victoria Desert (GVD).
Coordinated by Rangelands NRM in partnership with the Trust, the ‘Adaptive Management Partnership’ (AMP) began by setting a vision for the partnership´s work and outlining the region´s key natural and cultural assets. By bringing people together the aim is to enhance collective knowledge and understanding of the biodiversity of the GVD and leverage individual efforts to affect a greater impact across this vast area.
The Partnership consists of Traditional Owner groups and key stakeholders with land management and partnership interests in the GVD: the Spinifex and Pilki People (currently represented by the Spinifex Land Management team), the Yilka People (represented by the Yilka Aboriginal Corporation), Central Desert Native Title Services, Rangelands NRM, Greening Australia, Great Victoria Desert Biodiversity Trust, Conservation Management and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. Stuart Cowell of Conservation Management is also assisting the partnership with the facilitation of the adaptive management planning process.
Adaptive Management Implementation Plan
The Partnership is building on the knowledge already gathered in a review of literature and research by Conservation Management and the Great Victoria Desert Biodiversity Trust with input from several other partners in 2015. Through the workshops the partners have developed priority actions for research and land management which are outlined in an Adaptive Management Implementation Plan (AMIP), which was completed at the end of June 2017.
The AMIP provides a road map for biodiversity monitoring and conservation activities in the region, with an emphasis on the conservation of threatened and culturally important flora and fauna. These include priority species for the Trust, i.e. those listed under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, such as the Sandhill Dunnart and Malleefowl.
The AMIP includes land management and conservation activities across the Western Australian extent of the GVD, including on Aboriginal land and state-managed conservation estate. The AMIP has been produced in two parts to guide the collaborative efforts of the AMP members.
Page updated 20/07/2017
with input from Chris Curnow, Rangelands NRM