Australia is the only country in the world which spans an entire continent. The nation’s high level of biodiversity classifies it as one of 17 of the ‘megadiversity’ countries in the world, all of which collectively hold roughly two thirds of the world’s biodiversity. Australia also has significant numbers of endemic species — species that occur nowhere else on Earth. However, threats including habitat fragmentation, invasive species, unsustainable land use, and changes to water flows and fire regimes threaten this valuable biodiversity and habitat that provides numerous benefits to the inland and coastal populations of Australia.
TNC is partnering with government, recreational fishers, oyster growers, local communities, universities and corporations to develop decision support tools that will inform coastal habitat restoration.
Restoration of marine habitats in the Peel region of Western Australia begins with outreach and data collection in order to visualize and prioritize efforts to protect valuable mangroves, salt marches, seagrasses, and shellfish reefs.