State Wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams (SWIFFT) is a network for knowledge sharing and information exchange that supports conservation and management of threatened species, biodiversity and the natural environment across Victoria.
Participation and partners
The SWIFFT network is open to anyone or any organisation that has an interest in threatened species and biodiversity conservation.
SWIFFT particpants and contributors include:
- Community environment and conservation groups
- Government agencies and authorities
- Education and research institutions
- Conservation organisations
- Landholders and managers
SWIFFT had its origins in 2003 when meetings were held with representatives of the Leigh Catchment Group , the Ballarat Environment Network, the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, local government representatives, the Department of Primary Industry and the Department of Sustainability and Environment to talk about revegetation issues in the Leigh Catchment. Coming out of these meetings there was recognition that there was a need to share information about threatened species in the south western region.
On 1 December 2003 a meeting was held in Ballarat attended by TFN/LCG/DSE/DPI/BEN and CCMA the main focus of which was to "Develop a joint integrated project including Threatened Species protection with community links". Early in the following year a concept paper was developed and a meeting was held on 17 March 2004 to discuss the idea of a network for threatened species covering south western Victoria. Support for the idea ensured that there was a follow up meeting at Lake Bolac on 27 May 2004 to discuss a name for the network, development of a communication strategy and a calender of events and potential participation in a new web initiative hosted by BEN - the "Wiki " - later to be referred to as the BIRD wiki. The network "SWIFFT" was established and held its first quarterly video conference on Thursday 14 October 2004.