The entire South West NRM Region sits within the Southwest Australia Ecoregion, one of 36 internationally recognised biodiversity hotpots 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, including the Numbat, Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, Chuditch, Red-tailed Phascogale and Western Ringtail Possum.
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.
We work with local communities and regional partners to address these threats through on-ground activities such as revegetation, pest and weed control, fencing, riverbank stabilisation and species translocation. We also focus on capacity building, partnerships and practice change to minimise threats and foster community stewardship for our unique, yet fragile, biodiversity.