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Biodiversity is the variety of plants and animals that exist in an area. Ecosystems that are rich in biodiversity are more resilient and healthy and are better able to recover from outside stresses such as drought, pests, wildfire and climate change.

Understanding biodiversity gives us the ability to more effectively address environmental challenges including:

  • controlling pests and supporting species that pollinate crops
  • maintaining groundwater tables
  • absorbing carbon
  • protecting water quality.

Local Land Services supports best practise and planning in order to maintain effective environmental services.

Information on species distribution

Data on plant and animal species in Australia, including mapping, data sets and species by location is available online from the Atlas of Living Australia.

Industry collaborators and resources

NSW Department of Primary Industries
We work closely with DPI to provide up to date technical advice and support.

NSW Office of Water
The NSW Office of Water in DPI is responsible for the management of the State's surface water and groundwater resources.

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
The Office of Environment and Heritage works to protect and conserve the environment, including the natural environment, Aboriginal country, culture and heritage and our built heritage, and manages NSW national parks and reserves.

Natural Resources Commission
The Natural Resources Commission provides the NSW Government with independent advice on managing natural resources.

Department of the Environment (Commonwealth)
The Department of the Environment is responsible for all federal matters pertaining to the environment.

Biodiversity in the Murray region

Diamond Firetail - courtesy Geoffrey DabbMurray LLS works with landholders and other agencies to manage and conserve the biodiversity of the region. The diverse landscapes of the region support a significant array of natural biodiversity, including many terrestrial and aquatic threatened plants and animals, some of which are not found anywhere else in Australia.

The region's biodiversity is under considerable pressure from a range of threats including clearing of native vegetation, overgrazing, pest plants and animals and removal of fallen timber and many of its species, populations and ecological communities are in decline. The Murray region has 7 endangered ecological vegetation communities and over 110 threatened plants and animals.

Murray LLS invests in a range of biodiversity projects including providing funding for landowners to protect and enhance their native vegetation, targeted programs of pest and weed control on both public and private land and projects that focus on recovery of threatened species such as corroboree frogs and the bush stone-curlew.

Investment in biodiversity is guided by the Murray Biodiversity Management Plan.