The entire South West NRM Region sits within the Southwest Australia Ecoregion, one of 36 internationally recognised biodiversity hotspots across the world, and the only one in Australia. It is also recognised as a National Biodiversity Hotspot.
This global recognition is based on the diversity and high level of endemism found in the region, particularly among plants and reptiles. Boasting a variety of landscapes, from towering forests to rolling shrublands, the South West has a number of Threatened Ecological Communities (TECs) and is home to a unique array of bird and vertebrate species.
Loss of habitat and other threats also contribute to the region being recognised as a biodiversity hotspot. Land clearing, habitat fragmentation, climate change, bushfire, invasive species, dieback, salinity and urban and agricultural impacts are just some of the threats to biodiversity in the South West.
SWCC is currently working with delivery partners including South West Landcare groups to stop the tide of extinction and create safe havens for the iconic Western Ringtail Possum (Pseudocheirus occidentalis) found only in the South West of Western Australia. The project is also focused on conserving four other species listed in the National Threatened Species Strategy including the Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus), the Chuditch (Dasyurus geoffroii), the Woylie (Bettongia penicillate ogilbyi) and the Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellate).