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New report lays solid foundation for on-ground action in Pilbara

As part of an ongoing Conservation Action Planning process to ensure the long-term health of the diverse Pilbara region, a new report has been released to guide on-ground action.

The Conservation Action Planning (CAP) process seeks to provide a framework for planning and implementing projects across the Pilbara in a coordinated manner, based on agreed priorities and targets.

The report compiled by Greening Australia, contains a refined set of conservation assets and highlights opportunities for landscape-scale collaboration and partnerships to achieve lasting biodiversity outcomes.  The 60 draft strategies identified early in the CAP process have since been refined to 18 strategies, together with a list for immediate action.

These include improving the status of wildlife such as the Greater Bilby and Northern Quoll, reducing the threat of feral predators, weeds and inappropriate fires, and building the capacity of people involved with on-ground work.

The report also showcases the significant conservation projects already underway in the Pilbara through a selection of case studies.  These provide examples of predominantly community led initiatives that are working well and can be used as models for future on-ground actions.

“To build on the work undertaken during the CAP process, we hope to see the formation of a Pilbara-based conservation working group to collaborate on priority projects and secure support via new and emerging biodiversity funding opportunities,” said Barry Heydenrych, lead author of the report.

“Ultimately, we hope that the CAP will assist in getting best bang for our conservation buck in a vast landscape where remarkable natural assets are facing sustained pressure from a range of threats.”

The report was prepared as part of Pilbara Corridors, a partnership formed between Greening Australia, Rangelands NRM and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to address biodiversity threats in the Pilbara. The initiative is funded by the Australian Government.

View the summary report here.

Media enquiries:

Barry Heydenrych, Conservation Planner (WA)
[email protected], ph. 0427 988 024

Dr Blair Parsons, Science and Programs Leader – Western Region, Greening Australia [email protected], ph. 0475 956 689