Let’s take a little time this month to be thankful for our diversity.
Biodiversity, that is.
Biodiversity is the variety of all life forms on earth – the different plants, animals and micro-organisms and the ecosystems of which they are a part.
It is a vital life support system that generates clean air and water, is a source of food, pollinates crops and delivers spiritual and recreational benefits for the community.
September is Biodiversity Month, a whole month dedicated to promoting the importance of protecting, conserving and improving biodiversity both within Australia and across the world.
Across the Northern Agricultural Region (NAR) we have lots of reasons to celebrate biodiversity.
The NAR is home to two of Australia’s 15 biodiversity hotspots, and is part of the internationally recognised Southwest Australia Biodiversity Hotspot.
It is Australia’s only international hotspot, recognised worldwide for its wealth of natural diversity, particularly in plants, and therefore conservation of this globally significant area is crucial.
The NAR is home to approximately 7,623 native plants and animals (including mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and micro-organism) and about 6 per cent (487 taxa) are endemic to the region.
Within the NAR high levels of biodiversity contribute to the long-term health of the agricultural sector through provision of essential ecosystems services.
It is also valuable for health and wellbeing and contributes to tourism and the beauty of the NAR.
Losing biodiversity threatens the health of the environment, economic productivity for farmers and local communities.
The NACC Biodiversity Team is working with local communities, Aboriginal groups and government to protect and restore the NAR’s unique flora and fauna and manage ongoing threats.
By partnering with landholders, local community, Aboriginal groups and local government, NACC is seeking to protect and restore the region’s unique natural qualities and values in order to preserve them for future generations.
Working together we can ensure our natural ecosystems, habitats and landscapes are valued and resilient.
For more information about how you can help protect our region’s amazing biodiversity contact your local NRM Officer.