Associate Professor Geoff Wescott – New book examines links and lessons in large-scale conservation initiatives

Linking Australia's Landscapes Lessons and opportunities from large-scale conservation networksAssociate Professor Geoff Wescott, from Deakin’s School of Life and Environmental Sciences, is one of the editors of a new book entitled Linking Australia’s Landscapes: Lessons and opportunities from large-scale conservation networks. Associate Professor Wescott’s co-editors are James Fitzsimons, Adjunct Associate Professor in the school and Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy, and Ian Pulsford, formerly with the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation.
The book, published by CSIRO Publishing, has 28 chapters from a wide range of authors, grouped into three themes – case studies, policies and frameworks, and broad themes. It is described as drawing out ‘lessons from a variety of established and new connectivity conservation initiatives from around Australia, and is complemented by international examples’.
‘There’s been a dramatic increase in the number of initiatives now operating in the landscape’, Associate Professor Wescott says.
‘The purpose of the book was to bring together the perspectives of those operating corridor initiatives on the ground with those developing policies for initiatives, and with key ecological and social scientists and experts in governance’.
Associate Professor Wescott says Deakin’s School of Life and Environmental Sciences has worked in connectivity conservation for some time and this book keeps the school and the University at the forefront of this critical field of private land biodiversity conservation.
More information about the book can be found on the CSIRO publishing website.