What is biodiversity?
Biodiversity is the term used to describe the variety of life: the different plants, animals and micro-organisms, their genes and the ecosystems of which they are a part.
Why is it important to the Wimmera Region?
Australia is one of the most diverse countries on the planet. The Wimmera itself boasts an estimated 1900 plant species and 440 animal species. Habitats for these species occur across the landscape, in the parks and reserve system, state forests and on private land.
Protecting the biodiversity of the region is very important as much has declined since European settlement. About 85% of the Wimmera CMA region’s native vegetation has been cleared, resulting in diminished and fragmented habitat for many plant and animal species.
Today, most remaining native vegetation is on public land and, in many areas, bush patches on private land represent the last vestiges of the original vegetation community. These remnants play a very important role in assisting the conservation of native plants and animals.
What is Wimmera CMA doing in relation to Biodiversity?
Landholders play an essential role in biodiversity conservation. Fifty-one percent of Wimmera landholders consider it important that native vegetation on their properties continues to provide habitat for birds and animals. This is important as increasing numbers of landholders are choosing to improve land management practices and retain native vegetation on their properties.
Wimmera CMA’s activities include:
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