The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative brings people and organisations together to link and protect healthy habitats over 3,600km, from Western Victoria through NSW and ACT to far north Queensland.

The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (GER) is a strategic response to mitigate the potential impacts of climate change, invasive species, land clearing and other environmental changes on our richest biodiversity and the mountains that supply most of our population with clean water.

The Great Eastern Ranges contain Australia's longest and most unfragmented north-south mountainous landscapes and habitats. They include vast dissected tablelands and escarpment and span major variations in rainfall, temperature, soil types, altitude and latitude.

This vast area contains Australia's richest diversity of plants and animals that depend on a wide range of habitats, including rainforests, woodlands, heaths, wetlands, herb fields and grasslands. It also contains catchments for the most reliable rainfall in eastern Australia, providing clean water to over 90% of the population of eastern Australia.

The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative is based on connectivity conservation, an approach that recognises the need for ecological processes to operate over much greater scales than previously appreciated. By assessing these processes over multiple scales and harnessing the effort of many landholders and organisations to respond strategically, we create the best conditions to preserve, restore and build resilience in our environment.

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