Our natural environment is an integral part of South Australia's quality of life, sense of place and identity. It is intimately linked to the biodiversity that surrounds us. Much of the state's economy is based on the use of biological resources and the benefits from healthy ecosystems which provide clean air, water and arable land.
But our ecosystems and the services they provide are in trouble - suffering from the effects of habitat alteration, invasive species and altered fire regimes. South Australia has done much to limit this degradation but there is still more to do.
To provide a vision for future biodiversity conservation and management in South Australia, the first statewide nature conservation strategy, No Species Loss Nature Conservation Strategy has been prepared.
No Species Loss sets objectives and targets for the conservation and management of the state's biodiversity and provides guidelines on how these can be met.
As its name suggests, the aim of the No Species Loss Strategy is to lose no more species in South Australia, whether they be on land, in rivers, creeks, lakes and estuaries or in the sea. No Species Loss defines what is required over ten years to protect the state's ecosystems - the native plants and animals, and the environments in which they live. The Strategy also recognises that some of the damage we have done to our ecosystems may take hundreds of years to repair.
Printed copies of No Species Loss - A Nature Conservation Strategy for South Australia 2007-2017 are available at a cost of $7.50 from the department. Phone: (+61 8) 8204 1910.
The best way to protect our native plants and animals is to take a landscape approach to conserving their habitats. This means working together across regions and Australia wide, taking a long-term approach to conservation activities.
This landscape approach is called the NatureLinks philosophy. NatureLinks is based on The Wilderness Society's WildCountry vision and is a central component of the No Species Loss Strategy.
NatureLinks has three central themes:
- Landscape scale: NatureLinks applies a long-term, landscape-scale approach to conservation activities that operates across public and private land at both local and regional levels.
- Locally connected: NatureLinks focuses on building local ownership for conservation by facilitating cooperation between land managers, traditional owners, communities, organisations and government.
- Knowledge based: NatureLinks ensures that the best available scientific, traditional and local knowledge is shared between partners, to help plan, evaluate and guide conservation work.
A variety of NatureLinks on-ground projects and programs are being carried out by community groups, land managers, non-government organisations and the government. To find out what’s happening in your local region or to get involved please contact your local natural resources office.