Protected Sustainable Ecosystems
Supporting our community to sustain and enhance our unique species and environments.
Helping to protect WA’s environment
Western Australia has a globally unique biodiversity due to geographical expanse, climatic diversity, areas of relative wilderness, regions with extremely nutrient-impoverished soils, and the fact that significant areas of WA have not been covered by sea or glaciated over geological time (Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute, 2021).
Our community is connected with, and cares for, our natural heritage
Ecosystems and endangered species are protected and restored
Our community's impact on the environment and animals is reduced
Indicators of Protected, Sustainable Ecosystems
To measure the sustainability of ecosystems, we need to look at many different indicators to make sure we get the full picture of ecological health. Important indicators include air quality, terrestrial and marine protected areas and waste recovery.
So, how is WA tracking against key environmental and sustainability indicators?
Air quality by Month and Region
Percentage of air quality monitoring sites that did meet the national standard in the last 12 months. Air quality has direct impacts on population health, and the livability of cities and towns. Poor air quality from air pollution can cause heart and lung health problems and air pollution levels can have a negative impact on life satisfaction. Goals for the amount of particles in the air were not met at a number of monitoring stations in Western Australia, but goals for other pollutants in the air were met for all averaging periods.
Terrestrial Protected Areas by Region
Terrestrial Protected Areas (ha) as a percentage of total area of WA. Environmentally protected regions conserve healthy ecosystems by providing a refuge for threatened species, managing natural water resources, and regenerating vegetation. They can also assist in resisting the effects of climate change. Western Australia contains over 58 million hectares of protected areas, the most in Australia.
Marine Protected Areas by Hectares
Marine Protected Areas (ha) as a percentage of total area of WA waters. Oceans and coasts play an important part of the lifestyle of many Australian's lifestyles, and also provide essential ecosystem services including carbon dioxide absorption, nutrient recycling and coastal protection.
Waste Recovery by Region
Percentage of collected domestic waste which is recovered (resource recovery rate). Many economic activities generate waste, however it can be expensive to deal with, can have a damaging impact on the environment, and can affect people's health and wellbeing. It is encouraging to see that in Western Australia, the amount of landfill per household has been reducing and the amount of waste that is recycled or reused has been increasing. The total amount of waste generated per household has also been declining year by year.
How we’re helping WA’s environment
Our environment is a key point of difference for WA. We’re committed to supporting our community to sustain and enhance it for the benefit of current and future generations. New ways of working to engage the community in achieving environmental outcomes and helping conserve threatened species, are just some of the ways we are helping support environmental change for WA.
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Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as the original custodians of this country, recognising their connection to land, waters and community. We respect their cultures and Elders, past and present.
Ngala kaaditj Whadjuk moort keyen kaadak nidja boodja – We acknowledge Whadjuk Noongar people as the original custodians of the land on which we are based.