Conservation areas must be managed as soon as they are acquired, but the best management techniques and the optimum ways to apportion resources across a number of possible management actions are not always know. Thus, learning and managing must occur together.

Adaptive management involves an ongoing program of management and monitoring that may be adjusted over time as our understanding of an ecological system’s response to management improves. Adaptive management under the MSA program will inform all management decisions where the best management action or option is uncertain.

Frequently asked questions

Adaptive management in Conservation Areas and the the WGR

Having a detailed understanding of the ecological values present within each conservation area is an important first step for directing the best practice management for that site.

This is why we conduct vegetation and fauna inventory surveys on all land that is acquired for nature conservation reserves. These surveys provide baseline data to allow management planning and identify any EPBC-listed plant and animal species or ecological communities that are targets of conservation measures under the MSA Program.

Inventory surveys - and the MSA Conservation Areas Inventory guidelines they are developed under - are available on the Publications page.

Strategic ecological research

Conserving threatened species and restoring the ecological integrity of highly degraded ecosystems is a complex and challenging task. In order to succeed, the MSA Program requires a strong science basis to direct decisions based on ecological knowledge and robust logic.

Strategic ecological research under the MSA focuses on areas where our understanding of the species and/or ecological communities is both restricted and important for decision making to achieve program objectives.

DELWP is preparing a Research Strategy which will direct research priorities, how research is conducted and how the results are used and distributed under the program.

To view previously undertaken ecological research within the Western Grassland Reserves, please visit our Publications.