Nature needs protection, restoration & connection
South Australians place a high value on our precious natural environment. However collectively, as a community, we are not doing enough to protect what we have left. Many of our landscapes are at risk. They have become highly fragmented and face increasing threats from the cumulative impacts of invasive species, altered fire and water regimes, habitat clearance and climate change.
Our coasts and seas contain an extraordinary array of wildlife that is even more unique and wondrous than the Great Barrier Reef. Our waters contain some of the highest levels of marine biodiversity in the world—from delicate seahorses and sponge gardens to the largest mammals on our planet. These waters and the diversity of life within them are also under threat.
Equally, our wetlands and waterways are struggling through over-extraction, contamination and long term drying, including our nation’s greatest river system and largest underground water reserve, the Murray-Darling Basin.
We must stop the loss of nature and biodiversity by simultaneously implementing large scale restoration projects that connect landscapes for the benefit of wildlife, primary producers and our future generations.