South West NRM’s mission is to build healthy and productive ecosystems. We do this by working with a wide network of partners to undertake on-ground works, research, trials, education, behaviour change and engagement.
South West NRM is proud to develop the strategic plan for the region, which sets the direction for Federal Government investment by identifying priority areas, threats and assets. The Plan also guides the community as a whole in its efforts to build a more resilient environment. You can read the Plan by clicking here.
We receive funding from the Australian Government through the Regional Land Partnerships program to undertake vital programs in the region and help Australia to meet its international obligations. We also work with other funding bodies and partners to deliver environmental restoration and sustainable agriculture programs, as well as offer a range of consulting services to landholders and organisations.
Where we work
The South West NRM region is home to a vast coastline and four million hectares of land. We have unique plants and animals found nowhere else on earth, many of which are threatened with extinction.
The South West is within one of only 36 internationally recognised Global Biodiversity Hotspots. These are nature’s most important places, where targeted investment can have the most impact on our global biodiversity. They are the most biologically rich, but threatened, places on earth.
The region has less than 30% of its original natural vegetation and has been identified as a global drying hotspot by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It is home to 14 EPBC-listed Threatened Ecological Communities, 168 Threatened Species and 72 Migratory Bird Species. It also contains three internationally important Ramsar-listed wetlands – Toolibin Lake, Vasse-Wonnerup wetlands and Muir-Byenup wetlands.
We’re facing a triple threat from climate change, biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. There’s never been a more urgent time to act and we’re committed to doing our part. We invite you to join us in building a healthier, more productive South West.
Join the effort
It is vitally important that we join together to scale up climate action and ecosystem restoration during this critical decade.