Kempsey Shire Biodiversity Strategy

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Kempsey Shire Council Biodiversity Strategy

What is biodiversity

In simple terms, 'biological diversity’ (or 'biodiversity’) is the variety of all life forms on earth. Biodiversity is explored at three levels:

  • Genetic diversity – the variety of genetic information contained in individual plants, animals and micro-organisms.
  • Species diversity – the variety of species.
  • Ecosystem diversity – the variety of habitats, ecological communities and ecological processes.

Biodiversity occurs in all environments on Earth – terrestrial, aquatic and marine. Biodiversity is dynamic and constantly changing. Genetic change and evolutionary processes can increase biodiversity and reduction in biodiversity can occur through threats, which leads to species population decline and extinction.

The Kempsey Shire area contains a unique, rich and diverse variety of biodiversity across the landscapes from coastal plains, midland hills and escarpment ranges. The Macleay Valley contains over 2,500 plant and animal species with 231 of these species being threatened with extinction along with 16 Threatened Ecological Communities.

Council is preparing a Biodiversity Strategy with the aim that actions of the strategy will assist with the management of biodiversity within the Kempsey LGA, to allow for population growth while preserving and improving the rich biodiversity of the area for future generations.

Why is a strategy important?

There are three key threats to biodiversity within the Kempsey Shire;

  • Biodiversity decline through clearing, habitat fragmentation, fire, invasive species and impacts of agriculture.
  • Development pressure through population growth.
  • Climate change and sea level rise impacts on biodiversity.

Have your say on how Council can better manage biodiversity into the future by reviewing the discussion paper and background information in the document library and completing the online survey.

Kempsey Shire Council Biodiversity Strategy

What is biodiversity

In simple terms, 'biological diversity’ (or 'biodiversity’) is the variety of all life forms on earth. Biodiversity is explored at three levels:

  • Genetic diversity – the variety of genetic information contained in individual plants, animals and micro-organisms.
  • Species diversity – the variety of species.
  • Ecosystem diversity – the variety of habitats, ecological communities and ecological processes.

Biodiversity occurs in all environments on Earth – terrestrial, aquatic and marine. Biodiversity is dynamic and constantly changing. Genetic change and evolutionary processes can increase biodiversity and reduction in biodiversity can occur through threats, which leads to species population decline and extinction.

The Kempsey Shire area contains a unique, rich and diverse variety of biodiversity across the landscapes from coastal plains, midland hills and escarpment ranges. The Macleay Valley contains over 2,500 plant and animal species with 231 of these species being threatened with extinction along with 16 Threatened Ecological Communities.

Council is preparing a Biodiversity Strategy with the aim that actions of the strategy will assist with the management of biodiversity within the Kempsey LGA, to allow for population growth while preserving and improving the rich biodiversity of the area for future generations.

Why is a strategy important?

There are three key threats to biodiversity within the Kempsey Shire;

  • Biodiversity decline through clearing, habitat fragmentation, fire, invasive species and impacts of agriculture.
  • Development pressure through population growth.
  • Climate change and sea level rise impacts on biodiversity.

Have your say on how Council can better manage biodiversity into the future by reviewing the discussion paper and background information in the document library and completing the online survey.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Welcome. 

    This survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please note that questions marked with a * require an answer before you can progress. 

    Your involvement and feedback is important in the development of the draft strategy. 

    Survey closes Friday 14 June 2019

    Consultation has concluded
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