About Green Web Sydney
Green Web Sydney was an initiative of the combined Sydney Regional Organisations of Council’s (ROCs) that promoted the establishment of a web of native vegetation corridors throughout the Sydney Region. These corridors aimed to protect, conserve and enhance remnant bushland and as a result improve biodiversity values, and habitat quality and connectivity across the Sydney region.
In 2000, Green Web Sydney secured funding from the Natural Heritage Trust to establish a devolved grants program for local Councils. The devolved grants program operated by providing funds to Sydney's local Councils to undertake biodiversity and revegetation initiatives recommended in the Green Web Sydney Action Plan.
The CMA took responsibility for the program in 2003 and since then have been working with local Councils, State Government and private landholders to continue implementing the Green Web program.
Where funding is available the CMA will continue to work with landholders to implement on-ground works as part of the Green Web program. Areas for on-ground works will be indentified through the Green Web prioritisation mapping that is currently underway.
Corridor up-date and Prioritisation
In 2010 the CMA updated the Green Web corridor mapping and identified larger corridors and core areas across the whole of the SMCMA region. The protection of Core bushland and habitat areas remains of central importance for the conservation of biodiversity, however corridors play an important role in a highly fragmented landscape like Sydney where they are used to link core areas of bushland and habitat.
These areas are now being prioritised using key values and criteria with which to weight them. Although not finalised, criteria included (but is not limited to): if threatened species or communities were present, their abudance and their diversity; if the corridor was already afforded some conservations status; size of corridor; level of urban influence; corridor weediness; and how connected the corridors aleady are.
This prioritisation is still underway, but when complete will be used by the CMA, and potentially Councils and government departments, to direct allocation. A PDF of the corrdor prioritisation will be available once the process is complete.
Partners: State Government, Local Government, private landholders.
Status: Implementation (Stage 3) and prioritisation
Environmental Outcomes: The original project aimed to achieve strategic direction for conserving and enhancing biodiversity through local government planning in the Sydney Metropolitan CMA area. With the SMCMA now coordinating the implementation of the Green Web on-ground outcomes are the priority with aim of improving the biodiversity values, habitat quality and native vegetation connectivity across the Sydney region.
Funding Source: Catchment Action NSW
Importance of local provenance plants
The Green Web program promotes the use of local provenance plants in all on-ground works. This helps to preserve genetic diversity and increase the resilience of Sydney's vegetation and bushland areas.
Past Green Web projects supported and promoted the Community Nursery Network by helping to improve access to local provenance seed stocks and increase understanding of the importance of using plants of local provenance for revegetation projects and the protocols for seed collection and use. This program also built on the work undertaken as part of the Cooks River Icon Project (Green Web to Green streets). An awareness/education program was undertaken for Council parks and gardens staff and landscape architects on the use of provenance plants. The materials below were produced as a result of this project.