Great Western Woodlands
Outback Australia - Great Western Woodlands
Located in southwestern Australia, the Great Western Woodlands is the world's largest intact temperate woodland ecosystem. Spanning approximately 16 million hectares (40 million acres), it is as biologically rich as Africa's Serengeti Plain.
Similar ecosystems around the world have been lost due to agricultural pressure, urbanization and logging. Globally, only five percent of temperate woodlands are under permanent protection. While the Great Western Woodlands remain in excellent condition, it faces serious threats due to lack of active land management and uncontrolled wildfires.
We work with the Western Australia state government, Traditional Owners, conservation groups, local residents and the mining industry to obtain long-term protection and sound management plans for the Great Western Woodlands. We participate in a formal stakeholder process to make recommendations to the Western Australia government on the future management plans. In 2010, the state government declared four new conservation reserves in the region, covering approximately 526,000 hectares (1.3 million acres).