10 steps to help protect the natural and cultural significance of places
Australian Heritage Commission, 2000
This is the step that many people want to do first. They say 'Let's skip all this talk and just get on with it. We want to do something'.
You may know of disasters where people just jumped in, only to realise too late that they had made a big mistake. For example, the noxious lantana weed growing around a remnant pocket of rainforest was cut down, but this caused the rainforest to dry out, actually damaging the thing that people were trying to protect.
If you're talking about a rare or special place it's simply not worth the risk to act without detailed preparation, so before deciding what to do, you must have a firm understanding of significance (Step 4) and the issues that affect the place (Step 5).
The next step is to develop strategies or actions for reaching your objectives. These strategies must help to retain the significance of a place.
The best guide for developing strategies or actions is 'do as much as necessary and as little as possible' to ensure significance is retained.
To help you develop strategies or actions you can refer to:
- a checklist of what strategies might cover
- tips for developing strategies
- some examples of strategies linked to objectives
- definitions for conservation processes.
These conservation processes can be used to help you select an appropriate strategy or action to retain the significant values of your place. You can check what you want to do against these and ask - 'is this what I want to happen?', 'will my proposed actions protect the significant values of the place?'
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