This page describes:

  • The plan in action – examples of projects underway around Victoria
  • The implementation cycle– the approach we use for implementing the 20-year Plan

Read the 2018 progress report .

The Plan in Action

There are a multitude of projects  underway across Victoria that contribute to the goals and targets of Biodiversity 2037. The examples below  show what implementing the plan looks like on the ground.  

Select a heading below to find out more about each project.

Examples of the plan in action

Victorians are leaping into action by recording frog calls across wetlands in Victoria’s north.

These frog citizen scientists are contributing important information on how frogs are responding to environmental water.

An easy to use App

The project has embraced the latest technology by partnering with FrogID to make surveying for frogs fun and easy for all. The app helps participants record, identify and send the records to experts at the Australian Museum to verify frog recordings.

Working together

By working with citizen scientists, the project is improving our scientific knowledge and increasing community awareness of the benefits of providing water for the environment.

The more we learn together, the greater our ability is to support Victoria’s biodiversity.

The re-creation of a sand dune at Long Swamp in Discovery Bay Coastal Park is permanently restoring the internationally important wetland to improve the habitats of native plants and animals over more than 1000 hectares.Nature Glenelg Trust (NGT) is leading this wetland restoration project in collaborations with Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owner Corporation, Parks Victoria and the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority.  

It’s someone’s home

Long Swamp is home to many native plants and animals, including nationally-endangered species such as the Maroon Leek-orchid, Australasian Bittern and Growling Grass Frog.

The wetland was drained to the ocean nearly 100 years ago, leading to low water levels and invasion of the area by large woody weeds. To begin to reverse the damage to Long Swamp, NGT pumped more than 500 cubic metres of sand over the previously built trial structure to re-create a sand dune and permanently close the artificial outlet to the sea.

Encouraging signs

With the help of volunteers, the dune has been revegetated with seeds and cuttings collected from the local area. As the plants grow, they will stabilise the sand and help the dune blend into the wild coastal environment.

Encouraging signs have already been detected, including increases in numbers of the threatened Yarra Pygmy Perch and threatened wetland birds such as the Australasian Bittern and Magpie Goose.

You can read more about projects like this on our Biodiversity Response Planning pages.

River Tour is run by the North Central Catchment Management Authority and brings together Traditional Owners, land managers, scientists and community conservation groups to explore, share and learn about the northern grasslands and the Campaspe River.

Understanding our environment

Participants share the importance of these areas, as well as hear about what’s happening with managing and caring for Country. The tour is for 2-way knowledge exchange to better understand the cultural landscape, river and grassland management and strengthen connections with some fun along the way.

The Southern Ark project has been undertaking landscape scale fox control to protect biodiversity in East Gippsland for almost 16 years.

Reducing fox numbers

The East Gippsland area is a hotspot for native mammals, birds and reptiles, many of which are rare or extinct in other parts of Victoria, mainly due to being eaten by the non-native Red Fox.  

The Southern Ark project, which covers an area making up 5% of Victoria, aims to reduce the number of foxes in the area to facilitate the recovery of native animal populations threatened by the introduced predators. These include mammals such as

  • potoroos
  • bandicoots
  • rock-wallabies

As well as a wide range of birds including Emus and endangered species such as the

  • Little Tern
  • Fairy Tern
  • Hooded Plover.
Benefits to native predators

Even some of our native predators might also benefit from having fewer foxes to compete with — animals like large forest owls, Spot-tailed Quolls and Diamond Pythons.

Recently, camera-trapping surveys have detected species such as the endangered Long-footed Potoroo across hundreds of sites and detections of foxes across the forest remain generally very low.

Keeping up the fight

The fight against the fox will continue, with new techniques being employed to make sure the efficiency of the project continues to improve and the long-term future for the wildlife of east Gippsland is protected.

The project is lead by DELWP in collaboration with Parks Victoria, Moogji Aboriginal Council and the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria.

You can read more about projects like this on our Weeds and Pests on Public Land page.

Biodiversity 2037 Implementation Cycle

Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037 is Victoria’s 20-year plan for the future of Victoria’s biodiversity. The Biodiversity 2037 Implementation Cycle reflects the key implementation stages within and across this 20-year timeframe. These are:

  • The strategy itself (Biodiversity 2037) and its review after 20 years
  • The enabling environment and planning process, including work that DELWP does to provide tools and systems, regulations and standards, access to land; collaborative planning and so on
  • Everyone undertaking actions that contribute to the targets of Biodiversity 2037 – this includes all the contributions of individuals, community groups, Traditional Owners, non-government organisations and government agencies
  • Monitoring, evaluating, reporting and improving how we do things. This embeds continuous improvement into planning and action.

Our work is guided by the Biodiversity 2037 Implementation Cycle. This cycle allows for continuous planning and delivery of Biodiversity 2037 through adaptive management. It also makes sure that the targets and processes are updated as part of the refresh of Biodiversity 2037 every 5 years.

Click here or the diagram below for a more detailed Implementation Cycle.

A simple version of the Biodiversity 2037 Implementation Cycle. The cycle is described in detail in the MERF

Biodiversity Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement Framework

The Biodiversity 2037 Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvements Framework (Biodiversity 2037 MERF) is active throughout the implementation cycle to make sure that we improve the planning and implementation of actions. Monitoring, evaluation and reporting is a key component to protecting Victoria’s biodiversity.  It allows us to make ongoing improvements in the actions we take.

You can find out more and access the latest Biodiversity 2037 Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvements Framework here.


Page last updated: 01/06/20