Biodiversity Response Planning Projects
Eighty-five new projects for on-ground biodiversity action worth $33.67 million, and four new projects for Marine Environment Targeted Action worth $1.1 million have been announced for funding through Biodiversity Response Planning. Funded projects will be delivered over three years, commencing in 2018-2019 through to 2021.
These projects are part of the $86.3 million investment to implement Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037 over the first four years of the plan.
The proposed package of projects was assessed on their ability to maximise net outcomes for biodiversity and make progress towards the state-wide targets associated with the Biodiversity 2037 goal of ‘Victoria’s natural environment is healthy’.
See the full list of Biodiversity Response Planning projects.
Projects announced for funding through Biodiversity Response Planning are displayed on the map below. This map allows you to explore all funded projects across Victoria by relevant geographic area. More information on each of the 11 BRP geographic areas and the process used to develop projects is available through the links on the left.
Frequently Asked Questions
Biodiversity Response Planning (BRP) is a new area-based planning approach to biodiversity conservation in Victoria; designed to strengthen alignment, collaboration and participation between government agencies, Traditional Owners, non-government agencies (NGOs) and the community. BRP aims to progressively deliver a collective area-based response to the state-wide targets in Biodiversity 2037 (i.e. what should and could be done to contribute to the targets) commencing with collaborative project planning in the first half of 2018.
Victoria has been divided into 11 geographical areas for BRP. Working Groups were established for each area that included up to 15 stakeholders who have experience and knowledge of biodiversity planning and/or projects across the geographical area. Each Working Group was coordinated and supported by an Area Lead and Partnership Facilitator. Further information about Working Groups can be found on the relevant BRP area pages [links to the left].
Each Working Group was provided an indicative allocation of funding and were asked to recommend a package of projects to be funded within that area.
The implementation of the Biodiversity Response Planning approach, including determination of geographic areas, was co-designed in late 2017 with over 100 stakeholders involved in on-ground biodiversity.
A series of workshops were held over October and November 2017. The first workshop was for Traditional Owners to provide their perspectives and identify key issues to be carried through the remainder of the co-design workshops. The remainder of the workshops included approximately 50 organisations and community groups/networks from across government and non-government, including some Traditional Owner organisations.
The outcomes of the co-design set the overall approach of BRP. This was documented in the Biodiversity Response Planning Co-design Overview Report which has been endorsed by the overarching Steering Committee.
Working Groups used the latest science embedded in the Strategic Management Prospects tool and their own local knowledge, to identify priority landscapes or themes. Projects were then developed by interested stakeholders, including community members, within these priority landscapes or themes. Projects were assessed and ranked by Working Groups. Additional projects were directed to a statewide pool of funding and were assessed by an independent panel.
The Working Group and Independent Panel assessed projects against published criteria and provided their recommendations in June 2018 to DELWP for approval of project funding.
The criteria used for assessing proposed projects can be found below:
An evaluation of this first Biodiversity Response Planning phase has been completed, led by an independent evaluation expert. The evaluation provided an opportunity for participants to have their say on what has worked well and what has not. The evaluation summary report is available here.
The evaluation highlighted a number of areas to improve in order to achieve the aspirations of stakeholders who co-designed Biodiversity Response Planning or were part of this first phase. Outcomes from the evaluation will be used to inform how BRP is used in future years to achieve a collaborative planning approach that drives accountability and measurable improvement in biodiversity.
DELWP, in consultation with key environmental agencies and Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, have prepared a response to the evaluation that sets out a commitment to act on the findings and work together to ensure the Biodiversity 2037 outcomes and targets are achieved.
Throughout the co-design process, stakeholders emphasised the importance of longer timeframes and certainty of funding. This approach was adopted as part of Biodiversity Response Planning (BRP) Phase 1, and projects were funded for three years, through to 2021.
At present, no additional funding will be invested from DELWP as part of BRP in 2019. The focus of effort will be on strategic planning, including refinement of priority areas and actions in different parts of Victoria, and strengthening partnerships and alignment of effort across the biodiversity sector to achieve the aims of Biodiversity 2037. It is envisaged that BRP will be the mechanism to collaborate and engage when funding becomes available for biodiversity, either from DELWP, other governments or external stakeholders.
As the investment phase of Biodiversity Response Planning (BRP) is complete, BRP will now return to its longer-term purpose and focus on strategic planning, including defining priority areas for action within different areas of Victoria, and strengthening partnerships and alignment of effort across the biodiversity sector to achieve the aims of Biodiversity 2037. In order for this to succeed, the stated BRP objectives of a shared response to Biodiversity 2037 through improved collaboration, diverse participation, partnership with Traditional Owners, knowledge sharing, and good engagement will be the focus for implementation.
Outcomes from the evaluation will be used to make improvements to the BRP process starting in 2019. Some of these will be more relevant to biodiversity investment processes, and some are relevant to broader strategic planning and engagement in BRP. DELWP will consider and act on all the ‘Ideas for the way forward’ in future planning for BRP to enhance the collaboration, participation and knowledge use and sharing in BRP and fulfil the aspirations of the co-design report and Biodiversity 2037.
DELWP is already undertaking some work as a result of the evaluation to better understand the many different planning contexts for biodiversity and improve alignment of these processes with Biodiversity 2037 in the future.
To find out more about Biodiversity Response Planning, contact the DELWP Customer Contact Centre on 136 186 between 8:30am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday.