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Riverina - bioregional-scale conservation

The current area of the Riverina Bioregion managed under tenures that achieve some level of conservation is about 124,944 hectares or 1.76 per cent of the bioregion, the smallest proportion of all the NSW bioregions.

While the major contributor to conservation in the Riverina Bioregion is land managed under the NPW Act 1974, wildlife refuges currently make the largest contribution in terms of land area managed for conservation.

There is only one national park in the bioregion, Willandra National Park, managed under the provisions of the NPW Act 1974. There are 6 nature reserves (5 of which are wholly contained within the bioregion). Together the national park and nature reserves occupy 23,041 hectares or 0.32 per cent of the bioregion. None of the reserves in the bioregion is also managed as wilderness under the Wilderness Act 1987.

Koonadan Historic Site (NPW Act 1974) falls in the bioregion and occupies 21.48 hectares or 0.0003 per cent of the bioregion. Of the other tenures provided for under the NPW Act 1974, there are no Aboriginal areas, no state recreation areas and no regional parks in the bioregion.

Some landholders have entered into private land conservation under the provisions of the NPW Act 1974 or NVC Act 1997.

These comprise one voluntary conservation agreement (NPW Act 1974) occupying almost 18 hectares or 0.0003 per cent of the bioregion, 24 wildlife refuges (this figure is likely to expand to at least 51, once the updated mapping, being undertaken at the time of writing, is complete) on properties occupying 91,254.54 hectares or 1.29 per cent of the bioregion, and 24 property agreements (under the NVC Act 1997) which together occupy 2,553 hectares or 0.04 per cent of the bioregion.

The area of private land conservation totals almost 99,228 hectares or 1.40 per cent of the bioregion.

Nine flora reserves (managed under the provisions of the Forestry Act 1916) occupy 2,653 hectares or 0.04 per cent of the bioregion and contribute towards biodiversity conservation. SFNSW manages 151,638.75 hectares or 2.14 per cent of the bioregion, of which 84,000 hectares will be added to the Ramsar convention for the protection of wetlands, more than doubling the area of Ramsar wetlands in NSW.

Note: This information is an extract from 'The Bioregions of New South Wales: their biodiversity, conservation and history' (2003) NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Hurstville and the data is current for 2003, the date of the publication.

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