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What We Do and Why

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Biodiversity “biological diversity”

Biodiversity refers to the variety of lifeforms native to a geographical area.

Australia is one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. It is home to between 600,000 to 700,000 species, most of which are endemic to Australia, which means they are found nowhere else in the world.

Eight of Australia’s 15 declared biodiversity hotspots are in Western Australia. The South West of WA is an internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot. WA has one of the highest rates of species discovery in the world and more are being discovered all the time.

What we do and why – The need to balance conservation and economic development in Western Australia

Western Australia is a state rich in mineral, oil and gas resources. With a thriving agricultural sector and a growing population, the challenge is to develop the State’s resources while mitigating adverse impacts on the environment. The State is rich in biodiversity but with a finite research capacity. Consequently, there is a gap in knowledge about many species and ecosystems. Relevant, timely and coordinated research effort is needed, along with better access to shared scientific knowledge to enable government, industry and community to make better decisions about conservation and economic development.

We are a catalyst and an enabler – we help secure positive environmental outcomes through ongoing consultation to identify and address complex science issues, through a collaboration of research partners.

What makes us different?

  • Our partners include leading science research institutions in Western Australia so we can bring together the best biodiversity science expertise.
  • We are driven by the priority biodiversity science needs of end users – our strategic programs identify and address current and emerging biodiversity science issues.
  • We are an independent collaboration mechanism – we facilitate a coordinated research effort to address complex problems that cross sectors, jurisdictions and scientific disciplines.
  • A coordinated research effort means less duplication, saving time and money, whilst enhancing collective biodiversity science knowledge in Western Australia.

Our vision and purpose 

Our vision: To bring together diverse knowledge to protect and conserve Western Australia’s unique biodiversity.

Our purpose: To facilitate collaboration for identifying and addressing strategic biodiversity knowledge priorities for a sustainable future.

Our impact

  • Create opportunities for meaningful change in biodiversity conservation.
  • Enable sustainable development for Western Australia.

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