2.1 Natural ecosystems and the native plants and animals they support are preserved:
- Habitat areas are ecologically functional and well-connected.
- Ecological functionality of habitat areas is maintained under changing environmental conditions.
- Viable populations of native plants and animals are maintained.
- Vegetation community diversity is maintained.
- Core and connecting habitat areas are protected.
- Habitat extent and condition (composition, structure and function) is maintained.
- Remnant vegetation is protected.
2.2 Priority habitat areas are protected, enhanced, connected and responsive to changing environmental conditions:
- An expanded conservation estate increases protection and connectivity.
- Rehabilitated and restored strategic corridors enable fauna movement, gene flow and species and habitat migration.
- Animal movement between priority habitat areas is maintained or facilitated.
- Strategic management of invasive plants and animals reduces impacts on native bushland and wildlife.
- Habitat extent, composition, structure and function are improved.
- Biodiversity conservation incorporates the predicted impacts from climate change and natural hazards.
- Strong partnerships and collaboration deliver biodiversity conservation outcomes.
- The conservation estate is protected from fragmentation and encroachment.
2.3 Biodiversity is valued, respected and used sustainably to support our lifestyle, livelihoods and sense of place:
- Biodiversity values and ecosystem services are appreciated by the community to ensure ongoing support for preservation.
- Cultural heritage associated with biodiversity is preserved and promoted.
- Recreational activities and supporting infrastructure in or near conservation areas minimise impacts on biodiversity values.
- Commercial activities complement the biodiversity values and contribute to the economy.
- Industries are appropriately located and implement best practice to minimise impacts on biodiversity.
- Offsets are required for unavoidable clearance of native vegetation.
For technical detail and planning directions for this theme, please read the Environment and Liveability Strategy Part C - Network Plan.