Western Australia has an ancient landscape with a rich and diverse plants and animals.
Agricultural clearing and development has brought the state economic benefits, but has often had negative effects on land and water, including the significant loss of natural habitats.
As a result, many of the original ecosystems are scarce in agricultural and urban areas, and may be fragmented, small and suffering from weed invasion, disease, feral animals, changed fire regimes and local species extinctions. Many native animals and plants are now very rare and not adequately conserved in the conservation reserve system, but may occur on private land or Crown land managed for other purposes.
Maintaining these landscapes and their biodiversity requires recognition and support for private landowners and other managers to protect the conservation values on the land they manage, to help them protect these values for future generations.
Partnerships between private landowners, government and other agencies are essential for the long-term protection of Western Australia's unique natural values.
Threats such as fire, feral animals and weeds occur both in and outside conservation lands and on adjoining Aboriginal lands, pastoral lands, vacant Crown lands and other areas, and are best tackled through partnerships at a landscape scale.
Major conservation strategies that take this approach include:
The department manages over five million hectares of former pastoral lease land in the southern rangelands of Western Australia which has been purchased by the government to help complete the state’s conservation reserve system.
Under the 2015 pastoral lease renewal program, land along the Ningaloo coast has been excluded from pastoral leases to create a public conservation and recreation reserve. A public reserve along the Ningaloo coast will guarantee public access for all Western Australians and visitors for generations to come. Further information is provided in the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document below.
We would love you to become involved in Parks and Wildlife programs dedicated to protecting natural bushland outside Western Australia's conservation reserve system. These include:
Other programs that operate outside the reserve system include:
A number of incentive programs operate in Western Australia to help people manage natural areas. For a more detailed look at incentives programs available across government and community organisations, refer to:
Biodiversity Incentive Programs in Western Australia: A guide for facilitators and co-ordinators of natural resource management to assist landholders with biodiversity conservation on private land including natural wetlands [UPDATED 2009].420.69 KB
Update your details in the Biodiversity Incentive Programs Manual update form.