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Win for ClimateWatch and EAGA Biodiversity Monitoring Project at 2016 Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards

The City of Boroondara, on behalf of the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA), has won the Government category in this year's Premier's Sustainability Awards for their program Biodiversity Monitoring in Melbourne's East.

“Each year we continue to discover the passion Victorians have for protecting their environment and thinking creatively about new sustainable practices," says CEO Sustainability Victoria, Stan Krpan. “Our state has an excellent track record of delivering innovative projects that benefit our environment and the community through efficient waste management, resource recovery, and new technologies for clean energy."

During 2015, the EAGA, a network of seven councils in Melbourne's east, worked with the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, Melbourne University and other researchers, Victorian Government agencies,the non-profit organisations Birdlife Australia and Earthwatch Institute to develop and trial a framework for monitoring biodiversity.

The framework aims to help EAGA councils reflect on and adapt their on-ground management activities in the context of a changing climate.

Key outcomes from the project included development of the framework, incorporating an implementation guide, baseline establishment, determination of plots for vegetation, introduction of a community bird monitoring project and development of ClimateWatch trails in the Cities of Monash, Knox and Stonnington.

Thanks from ClimateWatch to the EAGA and especially the City of Boroondara!

If you would like to help with monitoring of biodiversity in the eastern suburbs, jump on the Valley Reserve, Glen Iris Wetlands and Lakewood Nature Reserve trails and start ClimateWatching today!