What is NatureLink Perth?
NatureLink Perth is a ‘community of practice’ of diverse stakeholders, working together to integrate nature into our city, to conserve and enhance our internationally-recognised biodiversity and provide a healthy, liveable city benefiting the economy, the environment and people.
Why do we need NatureLink Perth?
In May 2019, the United Nations reported that 1 million species of plants and animals were under threat of extinction. Much of this biodiversity is concentrated in small areas on the planet (~2.4%). The south west of Western Australia is one such spot. `Biodiversity hotspots’ are where exceptional concentrations of endemic species (plants and animals that occur nowhere else in the world) are undergoing exceptional loss of habitat (>70%). Acting now in biodiversity hotspots will make a huge difference to our city and our planet.
There is currently no holistic strategy or plan to conserve our biodiversity or integrate nature into our city. Perth is one of the most biodiverse areas in the south west WA hotspot (Hopper and Goia, 2004, 2017). We must embrace nature in the city if we are to sustain our unique plants and animals into the future.
The good news is that contact with nature has been scientifically proven to improve people’s physical and mental health and benefit child development – a green city is good for people as well as nature. NatureLink Perth seeks to sustain and integrate nature into our city for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy.
NatureLink Perth acknowledges and respects the Whadjuk Noongar people as the traditional custodians of the boodja (land) on which we live – Boorloo (Perth).
NatureLink Perth is hosted by Environmental and Conservation Sciences, Murdoch University.