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    10042: Increasing land management capacity and protection of rehabilitation and conservation values in the Western Fitzgerald Biosphere

    Soil health management options were discussed at this field day in September 2011. Courtesy Ann Sparrow, Fitzgerald Biosphere Group
    Soil health management options were discussed at this field day in September 2011. Courtesy Ann Sparrow, Fitzgerald Biosphere Group

    The Fitzgerald Biosphere region has been internationally recognised by UNESCO since 1978 for its exceptionally high levels of botanical diversity and unique plant life. Located east of Albany on the southern coast of WA, the Fitzgerald Biosphere is considered the most important Mediterranean ecosystem reserve on the globe.

    This project aims to protect and conserve the region while adhering to UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme. A part of this program aims to improve human livelihoods and safeguard natural ecosystems to promote environmentally sustainable development.

    With the help of State NRM Program funding, this project will build biodiversity values and improve soil health and water quality in the landscape by:

    • providing protection to and complementing planned revegetation activities of degraded lands
    • providing protection for remnant vegetation, habitat and waterways
    • raising awareness of soil health management options within an area experiencing large-scale on-farm generational change in ownership.
    Investment: $ 50 000
    In-kind contribution: $ 50 600
    Other contribution: $ 8 262
    Delivery organisation: Fitzgerald Biosphere Group
    Project duration: July 2011 - December 2012
    Location: Western Fitzgerald Biosphere

    Major project achievements

    • 18 km of fencing erected to protect remnant vegetation, revegetation and waterways.
    • 60 people attended a field day aimed at raising awareness of soil health management options.

    Project partners

    Landcare Australia; South Coast NRM; Department of Agriculture and Food WA; ConsultAg;

    Longreach Plant breeders; Pioneer DuPont; Nufarm; Landmark; Elders; Rabobank; Hassell District Traders

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