The Liberal National Government has released a landmark plan to deliver a new level of conservation management for the vast Pilbara region.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the new Pilbara Conservation Strategy would provide a landscape scale, co-ordinated approach to biodiversity conservation aimed at enhancing the region's rich and diverse plant and animal life.
"Following the success of the Government's $103.6 million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, we are extending this proven landscape-scale method of managing key threats such as fire, feral animals and weeds, to the Pilbara," Mr Jacob said.
"The Pilbara strategy aims to deliver improved conservation outcomes and enhance the region's high biodiversity and landscape values across property boundaries over the long term.
"It brings together a range of stakeholders involved in the conservation of the Pilbara and creates opportunities for partnerships between State Government agencies, industry, traditional owners, non-government organisations, local governments, research institutions, pastoralists and individuals."
The strategy identifies long-term strategic priorities to guide conservation actions, including through environmental offsets from major Pilbara resource and infrastructure projects.
"The Pilbara Environmental Offsets Fund will enable pooled offsets to be used for conservation projects that address the priorities identified in the strategy," the Minister said.
"Over the past eight years, the Liberal National Government has delivered greater protection for the environment than any other Government in this State, including the passing of the most comprehensive biodiversity conversation laws seen in Western Australia.
"The establishment of the Pilbara Conservation Strategy is an exciting initiative which will enhance the Pilbara's biodiversity while realising its economic potential."
The Pilbara region covers an area of 178,000km2 and is one of only 15 national biodiversity hotspots
The region has one of the richest reptile assemblages in the world, more than 125 species of acacia and more than 1,000 species of aquatic invertebrates
Archaeological sites in the Pilbara contain the biggest concentration of rock art in the world, estimated at about one million engravings
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