Tablets and smartphones are revolutionizing the way we map, record data and communicate. They are relacing field guides, maps, cameras and GPS units. This edition of News from the Alps is all about harnessing the power of new technology for land management. There’s a great case study from the ACT where the Collector App is used to map weed operations across the Territory. There’s a list of useful apps, plus tips and tricks for newcomers. Technology has the potential to dramatically improve cross border co-operative management. Enjoy.
The Australian Alps bioregion covers barely 0.2% of mainland Australia and yet is estimated to contribute 29% of average inflows into the Murray Darling basin catchment. We live in the hottest, driest, flattest inhabited continent on the planet and there is no more precious resource than water. The Australian Alps are a virtual dam; they supply reliable, clean, base load water that grows food, generates electricity and supports communities. The health of the Australian Alps is a matter of national economic, social and environmental significance. In this 2011 Summary Report by Graeme Worboys & Roger Good, they discuss catchment conditions, trends in condition, threats and makes policy recommendations.
The Research Centre for Applied Alpine Ecology is pleased to announce details of its 2017 Alpine Ecology Course. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about the plants, animals, land-forms and soils that make up alpine ecosystems. The course is designed for people who are involved in natural resource management or conservation activities in alpine and other natural environments. Download an application form here.
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 program across 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.