Saving our Species threatened ecological communities strategy consultation draft

An ecological community is a naturally occurring collection of native plants, animals and other organisms that live together in an area. Ecological communities are threatened when they become at risk of extinction. There are currently over 100 threatened ecological communities in NSW.

1 June 2017
Office of Environment and Heritage
Publication, Strategic plan
  • ISBN 978-1-76039-717-3
  • ID OEH20170094
  • File PDF 1.1MB
  • Pages 18
  • Name saving-our-species-threatened-communities-strategy-draft-june-2017-170094.pdf

This document outlines how NSW Government’s Saving our Species (SoS) program creates conservation strategies for ensuring the survival of threatened ecological communities.

Saving our Species conservation program

The SoS program is the NSW Government’s management plan for securing threatened species, populations and ecological communities.

The aim of the program is to develop targeted conservation projects for managing threatened species, populations and ecological communities using the best available information.

An aspiration of the program is that its principles of costeffectiveness, scientific rigour and transparency will guide investment by all (government and non-government) stakeholders across NSW.

All conservation projects developed under SoS are unified by the overarching objective of the program, ‘To maximise the number of threatened species that are secure in the wild in NSW for 100 years’.

Healthy ecological communities have complex and mutually beneficial interrelationships and interactions that ensure their survival and resilience. They contribute to important environmental services like water and air purification, water and nutrient cycling, and protection against soil erosion and salinisation. Maintaining ecological function – the processes and interactions that take place within an ecological community – is vital for conserving ecological communities. Ecological communities are threatened as they significantly reduce in size, distribution and ecological function.

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