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Biodiversity Action Plan in the works for Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast Biodiversity Strategy is looking for local governments for support in achieving a half-dozen goals they’ve set.

The people behind the Strategy say they’re working now to turn their research into action, through a Biodiversity Action Plan.

The goals include things like getting governments, land managers and resource users work together to protect biodiversity on land and in the water.

In an update for the Regional District, the project’s  Engagement Coordinator, Vince Verlaan, put it this way.

Another part of that is to understand the economic value created by biodiversity and what they call “ecological goods and services”.

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They also want to  foster “comprehensive knowledge and access to scientific information”.   Researcher Michael Jackson of the Ruby Lake Lagoon Society says he’s been overwhelmed by the existing biodiversity of the area, and he’s hoping the strategy will be an effective tool for preserving it in the future.

He adds it’s going to provide a baseline that future researchers can use to assess how things are changing.

The Strategy is also calling for a network of protected areas.

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