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What is a Local Biodiversity Strategy?
What is a Local Biodiversity Strategy?

A Local Biodiversity Strategy consists of the following elements:

  • identification of the extent of the biodiversity resource within the Local Government area;
  • development of a vision, objectives and targets for biodiversity retention, protection and management. Development of a Local Biodiversity Strategy will provide the opportunity for Local Government to formalise ecological criteria for prioritising Local Natural Areas for conservation, to
  • formalise policies and processes to ensure biodiversity considerations are integrated into the land use planning decisions; to develop and provide incentives to encourage private land conservation; and to plan for the management of local reserves and other Local Government lands to conserve biodiversity.

A Local Biodiversity Strategy provides a process for assessing the ecological significance of Local Natural Areas and for determining their protection status by assessing constraints and opportunities for protection. A checklist outlining the various components and milestones of the local biodiversity conservation planning process is provided in Section 20 of the Local Government Biodiversity Planning Guidelines (Perth Biodiversity Project, 2004).

By preparing a Local Biodiversity Strategy, Local Governments will fulfil the requirements of Federal and State government legislation and policies addressing biodiversity (see Section 3 of Local Government Biodiversity Planning Guidelines, Perth Biodiversity Project, 2004) as well as meet local community expectations.

A Local Biodiversity Strategy will provide for strategic integration of local biodiversity conservation objectives into Local Government business, as opposed to reactive approacges at the end of a decision-making processes. This brings multiple benefits, in the short and long term, for the Local Government and its community such as:

  • addressing legislative and policy requirements;
  • strategic, consistent and well-informed decision-making;
  • enhanced land use planning and design;
  • better biodiversity and sustainable development outcomes;
  • strategic allocation of public and private resources;
  • linking Local Governments to broader strategies and funding sources;
  • more efficient management of Local Government lands for biodiversity and;
  • involving and raising the awareness of the community and landholders on the range of local biodiversity conservation issues.

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