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Biodiversity monitoring in Melbourne’s east: a framework for monitoring biodiversity health in a changing climate
The Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA) developed and trialed a framework for monitoring biodiversity and habitat health in the context of a changing climate
The Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA) is a network of seven councils across Melbourne's East that worked with the University of Melbourne, the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology (ARCUE), BirdLife Australia and ClimateWatch to develop and trial a framework for monitoring biodiversity and habitat health in the context of a changing climate.
Completed in August 2015, the framework includes tools as well as incorporates citizen science projects to collect data on vegetation extent, vegetation change, bird communities and phenology (seasonal and cyclical changes in plant and animal behaviour). The framework has been implemented by EAGA councils but is available for use by other councils and community groups. In 2016, the project won the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Award (Government Category) and the Victorian Premier's Sustainability Award.