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Biodiversity is the variety of plants, animals, bacteria and fungi living on our planet. Ecosystems rich in biodiversity are resilient and healthy, and better able to recover from external stresses like drought and degradation.
The unique biodiversity of the Hunter-Central Rivers region is threatened by vegetation clearing, unsustainable land use, pests and weeds, degradation of wetlands and development pressure.
Through the Catchment Action Plan (CAP), the CMA is coordinating hundreds of projects that will ease these pressures and maintain and improve biodiversity across the region by 2015.
Taking action together
Imagine a place that has remained unchanged for hundreds, possibly thousands of years, where millions of fireflies light up the skies for two weeks in November.
Students and teachers at Thornton Public School have something on their school grounds that many other schools don't have: an important remnant of an endangered ecological community, in this case Lower Hunter Spotted Gum - Ironbark Forest.
A former resident of Sydney, Jane Scott now relishes the rural life on her 410-hectare property north-west of Gloucester, where she runs 80 head of beef cattle.
Contact the CMA to find out what is required of you under the Native Vegetation Act before you clear any native vegetation on your property.
702 hectares of regionally significant native vegetation were protected last year
- 2010-11 CMA Annual Report