DEWNR is conducting various science-based programs including:
Knowledge of species occurrence and land type can identify areas for legally protecting relatively intact habitats, on protected areas under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 or Wilderness Protection Act 1992 or on private landholdings. More than 1,400 landholders play a significant role in habitat conservation through the Heritage Agreement Scheme. Find out more about Wilderness Protection in South Australia.
In a landscape that is largely cleared, many populations of plants and animals are prone to isolation and conflicts with predators and competitors. DEWNR is restoring ecosystems to give plant and animal communities the best chance of survival on both public and private land. The scientifically-based, integrated management approach of the Bounceback program, spanning reserves, private landholdings and pastoral leases, is helping the threatened Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby to recover. Find out more about:
Through the Mallee Bird Recovery Program, DEWNR is working with the Riverland West Local Action Planning Group to protect a colony of threatened Regent Parrots from further decline.
Freshwater fish conservation
A collaboratively developed action plan for all threatened species of freshwater fish in South Australia is enabling far greater and more targeted stakeholder engagement on freshwater fish conservation across the state. Find out more about:
Abundant species and sustainable use
DEWNR's collaboration on a number of projects is increasing our understanding of the impacts of particular native species, techniques to reduce these impacts and, for some species, their sustainable use. The knowledge gained from these projects also help to form management policies. More information: