Biodiversity – Why Is It Important?
We all Need Biodiversity
Biodiversity is essential to sustaining the living networks and systems that provide us all with health, food, wealth, fuel and the vital services our lives depend on.
Organisms, ecosystems and ecological processes supply us with oxygen and clean water. They help keep our lives in balance and regulate the climate. Yet this rich diversity is being lost at a greatly accelerated rate because of human activities.
According to the 2014 Living Planet report, our demand on the planet is more than 50 per cent greater than what nature can sustain, with dramatic declines in biodiversity since 1970.
CSIRO research shows that by 2070, the impacts of climate change on Australia’s biodiversity will be widespread and extreme. We need to take action now to preserve this irreplaceable natural wealth and reduce biodiversity loss.
CNCF is dedicated to the protection and conservation of Australia's biodiversity. We’re passionate about our native Australian landscape, and our focus is on developing biodiverse reforestation plantings and 'carbon sinks'
Australia – A Global Biodiversity Hotspot
Conservation International, a world authority on biodiversity conservation, identified Southwestern Australia as one of only 35 globally significant biodiversity 'hotspots' and hotspots account for 90% of all species on earth.
These hotspots are classed as areas that have over 1,500 endemic species of vascular plants. This number is equivalent to 0.5% or more of all known plant species in the world. In addition to this, a biodiversity hotspot has lost at least 70% of its original habitat, meaning what remains is vital to protect.
To our shame, it is also one of the few hotspots found in a developed nation.
Nationally, it is also recognised that 5 of Australia’s 15 national biodiversity hotspots are located within Soutwestern Australia.
Conservation of its biodiversity is the responsibility of all Australians - it is imperative that these ‘megadiverse’ areas be protected to ensure their survival and restoration.
CNCF's native tree plantings give you a unique opportunity to revive our rural landscapes, recreating natural habitats and growing the rich biodiversity of our native species, while producing valuable carbon credits.
- Trees are legally protected for up to 100 years on many sites
- Multiple native species of trees and shrubs are planted
- Reduce soil erosion
- Help combat salinity
- Provide wind breaks
- Improve biodiversity
- Provide habitat for native animals
- Many planting sites are in a global biodiversity hotspot
Native plants and animals thrive in large, well-connected patches of high quality habitat that meet their lifecycle needs – food, shelter and reproduction.
It is estimated that Australia is home to about one million species of plants, animals and micro-organisms, many of which are endemic and cannot be found elsewhere in the world.
Hill View Monitoring Project
Biodiversity Works – the Hill View story
Hill View is a former grazing property near Morawa in WA’s northern wheatbelt. Like all land selected for our planting projects, Hill View had been degraded over time and is no longer viable for agriculture. Hill View is now part of theYarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor project. To get an accurate measure of the effectiveness of our approach we contracted scientists to investigate biodiversity on Hill View.
The outcomes of this monitoring project have been staggering with over 450 species of plants and animals identified. This project proves just how biodiverse this region can be and confirms the long-term potential of the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor revegetation project.
To find out more about the monitoring project and how it was carried out, as well as information on the animals and plants of the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor, download our 'Biodiversity Works - the Hill View Story' summary.
2015 Baseline Biodiversity Surveys – full reports
To view the commissioned 2015 Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor ('Hill View' site) Systematic Biodiversity Monitoring Reports, click below.