The Nature of SA project

Thinking differently about biodiversity conservation in South Australia.

South Australia is home to an astounding variety of environments: from spectacular coastlines to arid ranges, dense mallee to stony deserts, farmlands and urban parks to expansive, ephemeral wetlands and remote wilderness.

Our natural environment is valued in many different ways: from a deep conviction to the valuable remnants of pre-European biodiversity, to the enjoyment from rural vistas with patchwork of productivity and scattered native vegetation to the pleasure of a walk in a manicured park. Many people are doing fantastic work to protect and promote South Australia’s natural diversity.

What can we do to best manage our natural environment? 

The Nature of SA project is about creating a space to reflect on how the state has managed our natural environment in the past and how we can best manage it for the future. 

The project is a partnership that includes people from Conservation Council SA, Nature Conservation Society SA, Trees for Life, Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA), and regional and central offices of the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR). We are assisted by the Australian Resilience institute and The Australian Centre for Social Innovation. 

Together we will build on the state’s current nature conservation strategy, No Species Loss – A Nature Conservation Strategy for South Australia 2007–2017, and help shape future strategic directions with shared visions for nature conservation in South Australia.

Read the Nature of SA project overview.

Open State 2017

The Nature of SA project has teamed up with the Open State festival in 2017. Open State is a festival of collaboration, innovation, ideas and enterprise, held annually in Adelaide. This year, Open State will run from 28 September - 8 October.

By partnering with Open State, we will be one of more than 100 events encouraging South Australian’s to co-create their future across seven categories: future human, future planet, future cities, future food, future enterprise and future democracy.

The Nature of SA team have two events organised at Open State:

Connecting South Australians to Nature

What: A conversation piece about making nature part of our culture
When: Friday 29 September, 12noon - 2pm
Where: Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide.
More information: Visit the Open State website

ViewsOnNature: A Nature of SA Pop-up

What: We will ask about your connections to nature
When: Thursday 28 September - Sunday 8 October
Where: Various locations around the Adelaide CBD
More information: Visit the Open State website

Find out more

To find out more visit the Nature of SA website or download the latest Communiquè:

Communiquè  (August 2017)

Communiquè (June 2017)