Happy Birthday everyone. It’s truly wonderful to see that the Australian Alps nation parks Co-operative Management Program is now marking its 30th year. To celebrate, we’ve crammed this issue of News from the Alps with stories from every perspective. Discover just how politically challenging it was in 1986 to get a cross border co-operative management agreement over the line. Skip down memory lane with a few past Program Managers and be inspired by the story of the Australian Alps Walking Track. There’s lots to see and enjoy in this souvenir edition, and it all celebrates a visionary decision made three decades ago.
The recent Australian Alps Climate Futures Forum was run as part of the Science Management Series under the auspices of the Australian Alps national parks Co-operative Management Program. The science management forums are supported and partnered with the IUCN/WCPA through the Mountains Specialist Group which has a focus on conservation, management and protection of mountain protected areas globally. Over 60 people attended from a wide range of backgrounds including protected area managers, researchers, agency experts and alpine ecologists. Download the Climate Futures report 2016 here. Updated Aug 2016
Two new reports are released today, May 4th 2016. The reports investigate both the estimated numbers of horse in the Australian Alps and the impacts of these populations of alpine landscapes. A summation of both reports can also be accessed under the Australian Alps Factsheet : Wild Horse management
Protected Area Governance and Management presents a compendium of original text, case studies and examples from across the world, by drawing on the literature, and on the knowledge and experience of those involved in protected areas. The book synthesises current knowledge and cutting-edge thinking from the diverse branches of practice and learning relevant to protected area governance and management. This book is proving very popular with over 22600 free downloads so far.
Editors: Graeme L. Worboys, Michael Lockwood, Ashish Kothari, Sue Feary and Ian Pulsford. Download free PDF or purchase harcopy here
Snowy Scheme site rehabilitation report
Ten years of restoration work at 200 sites within Kosciuszko National Park – sites damaged during the construction of Australia’s most iconic hydroelectric scheme – is showing substantial progress and is contributing to the protection of the parks internationally significant ecosystems.
NEW – Australian Alps book (Second edition)
This new updated version of the original book published in 1998 is a must for students, agency staff, alpine history buffs, adventurers, naturalists and anyone one who has a love and passion for the Australian Alps. A fascinating guide to Kosciuszko, Alpine and Namadgi National Parks, it introduces the reader to Australia’s highest mountains, their climate, geology and soils, plants and animals and their human history.
The Alps Partnership
In 1986, with the signing of the first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), NSW, Victoria, ACT and Australian government national park authorities formally agreed the national parks in the Australian Alps should be managed cooperatively to protect the area’s special character. Through this spirit of cooperation the Australian Alps Liaison Committee (AALC) was formed to ensure that the parks and reserves in the Alps are managed as one biogeographical entity to protect them for generations to come.
Learn more about how the area is managed