Biodiversity Reference Group
The South West Botanical Province of WA, is one of 34 biodiversity ‘hotspots’ and is the only one in Australia. The South Coast NRM Region occupies the south eastern part of the South West Botanical Province and contributes significantly to its biodiversity values. The region has plants and animals found nowhere else on earth!
Biodiversity contributes to our economy and provides ecological processes such as water and air purification and pollination of our food crops. It is intrinsically valuable for our health and well-being and contributes to tourism and the beauty of the region.
What is the Biodiversity Reference Group?
The biodiversity Reference Group is a skills based group that oversees investment to build community capacity in community landcare and NRM across the south coast region. The group’s aspiration is that natural ecosystems, habitats and landscapes are valued, resilient, effectively linked and managed to provide increased viability for native species and communities.
The committee membership consists of representatives from around the region from Denmark in the west to Jerramungup in the East. Membership is by invitation based on the skills and knowledge required by the group.
Specifically, the reference group:
- acts as a “think tank” and a problem-solving vehicle for new and existing projects including review and adoption of innovation;
- provides a critical link to community by identifying local community issues, concerns and activities related to Biodiversity care and natural resource management;
- develops activities for funding by the NRM Investment Plan that are compliant with the South Coast NRM Regional Strategy.
What types of projects does the group currently oversee?
The Reference Group currently oversees the following projects:
- A community partnership project aimed at protection of EPBC species and ecosystems
- Increasing community capability to strategically manage Phytophthora Dieback in WA
- Support to community groups managing projects to protect and conserve the environment, and to build capacity in regional communities.