Bush Heritage Australia, with their Yourka Reserve – A Unique Tropical Savanna Ecosystem came third in the 2018 Case Study Competition.
Key lessons gleaned in this excellent protected area case study were:
- Don’t let lack of knowledge impede action – focus initially on threat mitigation until better information is gathered about target health
- As information becomes better known, use the adaptive management process to update targets, threats, objectives, and threat ratings
- Use volunteers to help fill resource gaps
The judges saw this case study:
- As a good example of full cycle adaptive management – adaptation of targets, goals, threats, objectives over time as more knowledge became available
- Compelling use of dashboards to show progress on key threats and targets
- Innovative progress in rolling up indicators across the BHA reserve portfolio.