Bio­di­ver­sity a Govt priority

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A new long-term strat­egy for pro­tect­ing the rich bio­di­ver­sity of the Pil­bara re­gion has been an­nounced by the State Gov­ern­ment.

The Pil­bara Con­ser­va­tion Strat­egy is in­tended to set out a large-scale pri­ori­tised ap­proach to en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment in a “biore­gion” which in­cludes the lo­cal gov­ern­ment area of Kar­ratha and parts of Ash­bur­ton, Port Hed­land, East Pil­bara and Meekatharra.

Among its pri­or­i­ties are restor­ing ecosys­tems in the cen­tral Hamer­s­ley Range, in­clud­ing Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park, the re­cov­ery of the Fortes­cue Marsh wet­lands, and in­tro­duc­ing pro­grams for pre­scribed burn­ing and weed and feral an­i­mal man­age­ment.

It fol­lows a sim­i­lar strat­egy for the Kim­ber­ley which has been rolled out over the past five years.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob said the strat­egy would pro­vide an or­gan­ised and re­gion-wide ap­proach to man­ag­ing se­ri­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal threats.

“Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of the Gov­ern­ment's $103.6 mil­lion Kim­ber­ley Sci­ence and Con­ser­va­tion Strat­egy, we are ex­tend­ing this proven land­scape-scale method of man­ag­ing key threats such as fire, feral an­i­mals and weeds to the Pil­bara,” he said.

“The Pil­bara strat­egy aims to de­liver im­proved con­ser­va­tion out­comes and en­hance the re­gion’s high bio­di­ver­sity.”

The strat­egy will also pool en­vi­ron­men­tal off­sets paid by ma­jor Pil­bara re­source and in­fra­struc­ture projects into a fund for fur­ther con­ser­va­tion projects.

Mr Ja­cob said he ex­pected the plan would pro­mote col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween var­ied Pil­bara con­ser­va­tion stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing Gov­ern­ment, in­dus­try, tra­di­tional own­ers, non­govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions, re­search in­sti­tu­tions, and pas­toral­ists.

The Pil­bara is one of only 15 bio­di­ver­sity hotspots in Aus­tralia.

Pic­ture: Stephen Scour­field

The Fortes­cue River at sun­set.

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