Mary Bonet

Mary Bonet

Mary Bonet, Australia

Mary has been involved in Landcare and conservation in the Southern Tablelands region for the past 15 years working on a variety of projects including as facilitator for the Kanangra Boyd to Wyangala link and recently joining the Rivers of Carbon team on projects around Goulburn NSW. She manages a small farm in Breadalbane NSW with husband and two children on the headwaters of the Lachlan River. She is passionate about empowering communities and individuals to participate in conservation and sustainable agriculture.

Presentation Title: ‘Corridors of Effort’- Abercrombie River Connections

The Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala Link (K2W) is a community-led partnership working to restore ecosystem connectivity along the Abercrombie River corridor.   This region is a biologically rich landscape covering over 319,200 hectares and supporting  a range of threatened species and ecological communities from the Greater Blue Mountains to Wyangala Dam. Connectivity conservation is about inspiring people to work together to deliver integrated on-ground actions focused on maintaining, restoring and reconnecting habitat.  We know that when habitats are connected, resilience is boosted and the ability of natural systems to absorb external pressures, adapt to change, and recover from disturbance is increased. The K2W partnership is bringing together conservation and Landcare groups, NRM bodies, public land managers and other stakeholders to coordinate resources, skills and knowledge – creating ‘corridors of effort’ across public and private lands. Since 2012, the partnership has engaged over 80 individual landholders and 20 Aboriginal and community groups to revegetate over 500 hectares, undertake weed control across 5,000 hectares,  and implement a cross tenure pest management program over 50,000 hectares.  These activities have provided substantial benefits for connectivity, productivity and biodiversity.  Most importantly, K2W has used the ‘corridors of effort’ approach to acknowledge the work of local communities and inspire them to act.   This presentation will talk about the keys to establishing such a successful partnership, and share insights and stories about how the approach of ‘corridors of effort’ could be applied elsewhere.

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