Targets for native vegetation
The Port Phillip and Western Port region has around 500,000 ha of native vegetation which is approximately 39% of the area. The vegetation exists in more than 33,000 individual patches.
This Regional Catchment Strategy assesses the extent and quality of:
- Patches of permanent native vegetation
- The other native vegetation in each Council area.
Other native vegetation is defined by this strategy as native vegetation outside the patches of permanent native vegetation’.
Other native vegetation is widespread across the region’s landscapes. It occurs in thousands of patches of widely variable quality, ownership and management. The majority of other native vegetation patches are small but its wide distribution makes it crucial to environmental health and resilience at local and regional scales.
Weed invasion, diminished regeneration, loss of understorey and low species diversity are common pressures towards decline. Most of the region’s other native vegetation is not reserved or protected from possible clearing. Applications to clear are managed under the Victorian Government’s Native Vegetation Permitted Clearing Regulations.
Targets are the most important part of this strategy. They describe what we aim to achieve, by when and the parameters we will use to monitor and report. Targets have been set for:
Permanent native vegetation
Other native vegetation
Potential nature links
Lead organisations are committed to achieving these targets (Leadership) and arrangements are in place to monitor and report on progress and success (Monitoring and Reporting). Targets and leadership arrangements are determined in consultation with relevant departments, agencies and delegated land managers. Native vegetation condition has been assessed (Method and Condition).