Notification: Parks and Wildlife Service is part of the new Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).

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Pilbara - Hamersley Range. Photo – Stephen van Leeuwen, DBCA

The Pilbara is as vast as it is ancient. The region, covering more than 17,800,000 hectares, is known for its spinifex-covered plains, rugged ranges, plunging gorges, tumbled iron-rich boulders and abundant wildlife.

It is a living landscape cared for by the traditional custodians for millennia. Aboriginal people retain strong links to and responsibility for Country, and they have a key role in protecting the Pilbara’s cultural and natural heritage. The region supports a rich and diverse variety of plants and animals, is a centre of endemism, and despite its dry climate, has important rivers and wetlands.

The Pilbara Conservation Strategy outlines a landscape scale approach to biodiversity conservation across the Pilbara region. It provides strategic direction for conservation actions that may be funded from a variety of sources, including State and Commonwealth governments, natural resource management groups, non-government organisations, community groups and industry, including through offsets to counterbalance the residual impacts of resource and infrastructure projects. This strategy aims to deliver improved conservation outcomes through on-ground actions across a variety of tenures in collaboration with partners throughout the Pilbara region.

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    Robe Valley.
    Photo – DBCA
  • pilbara mosaic burning spinifex
    Mosaic burning.
    Photo – DBCA
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    Volunteer David Smith with Northern Quoll.
    Photo – Judy Dunlop/DBCA
Links and documents
Pilbara conservation strategy

Pilbara Conservation Strategy