Environment Minister David Templeman launched Conservation Week by applauding the efforts of community organisations, groups and individuals in protecting Western Australia’s precious environment.
“We are blessed with a magnificent environment and Western Australians are passionate about protecting it,” Mr Templeman said.
“Conservation Week, which runs from tomorrow until April 6, gives us all the opportunity to take a step back and acknowledge what we have achieved and to consider where we can do more.”
The Minister said there were many programs throughout the State which were working towards the protection, enhancement and sustainability of the environment.
“These include the Department of Environment and Conservation’s award-winning wildlife recovery program Western Shield, the $15million Saving our Species biodiversity initiative, the expansion of biological surveys and the implementation of recovery plans for threatened species and ecological communities,” he said.
“We have also significantly increased our conservation estate and we are confronting climate change through initiatives such as Act Now for the Future.”
Mr Templeman said partnerships with community organisations were vital to the successes of programs such as Land for Wildlife, which encouraged landowners to voluntarily increase the area of wildlife habitat on their lands, and the State Cane Toad Initiative, which relied heavily on community involvement.
The Minister commended the Conservation Council of WA for organising Conservation Week and the work it did to assist the conservation of the State’s biodiversity.
“The environment is our greatest asset and it is important that we all continue to act now so that future generations can enjoy it,” he said.
Mr Templeman also used the opportunity to remind people to play a role in promoting climate change awareness by taking part in Earth Hour tomorrow night at 8pm.
“Switching off your lights for an hour may not change the world, but it will help raise awareness about climate change,” he said.
For information about how you can reduce your carbon footprint visit http://www.actnow.wa.gov.au
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