Biodiversity values recognised

Extraordinary biodiversity values in the south coast’s Fitzgerald Biosphere have been reaffirmed by the Man and the Biosphere program, under the auspices of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

The Fitzgerald River National Park was originally listed as a biosphere reserve in 1978 but recently underwent a review based on new criteria for biosphere status. The new biosphere takes in the national park, but now comprises 1.5 million hectares in total, which includes conservation estate, State waters, farmland and industrial and urban areas.

Funding through the GSDC supported a scientific review that helped to trigger the re-nomination process, conducted through the Biosphere Implementation Group.

Elected members, scientists and community members gathered in Hopetoun on Friday 23 March to celebrate the re-nomination.

GSDC Chief Executive Officer Bruce Manning said the Commission’s support for the process recognised the extraordinary nature of the Fitzgerald area, along with the value of the human activities that take place there.

“The Fitzgerald Biosphere has intrinsic value because of its amazing biodiversity,” Mr Manning said.

“Continuing the listing in the Man and the Biosphere program will contribute to ensuring that people continue to have the opportunity into the future to experience and appreciate one of the world’s hotspots of biodiversity.”

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