One of the great challenges facing humanity in the twenty-first century is the conservation and restoration of biodiversity (Convention on Biodiversity 1992). In this chapter we present the landscape-ecological underpinnings of a new nongovernment organization (NGO)-driven conservation initiative in Australia, namely the WildCountry Project. Global and national analyses highlight the extent of environmental degradation and the need for urgent protection and restoration of biodiversity (e.g., SEAC 1996, Environment Australia 2001, World Resources Institute 2001, NLWRA 2002). Such analyses also suggest that existing conservation strategies and plans are insufficient to prevent continuing losses.
|Title of host publication||Key Topics in Landscape Ecology|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|