The process for prioritising actions in the marine and coastal area differs slightly from the other geographic areas which used the Strategic Management Prospects tool together with other relevant information to identify priority landscapes. The marine and coastal Working Group has instead been engaging stakeholders to develop projects that most cost-effectively deliver improved biodiversity outcomes within the whole marine and coastal area shown below. This process reflects that not all marine and coastal landscape threats and cost-effective actions are currently incorporated into the Strategic Management Prospects tool, as well as the types of projects that can be funded through the Marine Environment Targeted Action Initiative.

Map of the marine and coastal area

The working group is chaired by its Area Lead - DELWP.

The group is supported by its Partnership Facilitator - DELWP.

The working group members are:

  • DELWP – Forest, Fire and Regions
  • DELWP – Marine Biodiversity Policy and Programs
  • DELWP – Coastcare
  • DELWP – Wetland Management
  • Parks Victoria
  • Victoria Fisheries Authority
  • Friends of Beware Reef
  • Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation
  • Victorian Coastal Council
  • The Nature Conservancy

The group is scheduled to meet on:

  • Monday 9 April 2018
  • 21-25 May 2018 (date TBC)

The project criteria for the marine and coastal area are necessarily different to the other primarily terrestrial areas to capture the differences in environment not yet incorporated into Strategic Management Prospects tool.  These criteria were developed to be consistent with Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037 Biodiversity and the Biodiversity Response Planning criteria.

The criteria for assessing proposed projects can be found in the document below:

Marine Environment Targeted Actions - Supplement to the Biodiversity Response Planning Guidance Note and Project Criteria for Working Groups
(DOCX, 108.4 KB)

Marine Environment Targeted Actions funding is for substantial projects that demonstrate biodiversity benefit to marine environments across Victoria. Preference will be given to larger projects that may incorporate various smaller projects to address one priority theme or geographic area. As projects must be of sufficient size to provide meaningful and lasting outcomes, it is expected fewer than ten projects will be funded across Victoria.

Opportunities for participation

Many organisations and community groups involved in on-ground biodiversity projects or planning have been able to participate in collaborative project development or will contribute to project delivery. The specific processes for engagement and project development are different within each area and are guided by the BRP working group.

A formal Expression of Interest process was run in the Marine and Coastal area. That process closed on Sunday, 8 April 2018.

For further information, contact the DELWP Customer Service Centre on 136 186 to be directed to your area lead, or email biodiversity.plan@delwp.vic.gov.au.