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Ecosystems and biodiversity

The impacts of climate change will vary from region to region, as will the costs associated with adapting to the effects. The consequences will also be circumstance-specific. Many adaptation strategies are best developed at a regional level, taking into account local conditions and circumstances, and harnessing the potential of local communities.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is undertaking research to develop an understanding of the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, especially the impacts on the potentially ‘at risk’ species, communities and ecosystems of Western Australia. This understanding provides the basis on which management responses to climate change are formulated and undertaken.

Approaches to addressing the issues climate change presents for ecosystems include:

  • investigating and monitoring climate impacts on biodiversity including threatened species and marine and terrestrial ecosystems;
  • developing options for future conservation management to increase ecosystem resilience;
  • identifying, protecting and managing climate change refuges;
  • establishing and maintaining ecological connectivity between habitats;
  • moving species most at risk to secure sites;
  • investigating opportunities for carbon farming projects with biodiversity conservation co-benefits; and
  • establishing incentives to promote improved conservation management on private lands.