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About The Urban Biodiversity Unit

Blue WrenBackground

The SA Urban Forest Biodiversity Program (UFBP) was established in 1997 to redress the loss of biodiversity across Metropolitan Adelaide by conserving our indigenous flora and fauna.  It was initiated through a partnership involving the Local Government Biodiversity Network, the State and Commonwealth Governments and local community groups.

Since 2003 the Program has been managed by the SA Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources' Urban Biodiversity Unit and has also been delivered in conjunction with the SA Urban Forests - Million Trees Program, which is planting three million local native trees and associated understorey species to help restore vital habitat across the Adelaide Metropolitan Area.

Vision and Purpose

The UFBP is supporting the vision that Adelaide is recognised as a clean, green city leading in ecological sustainability.

Past studies by the UFBP have shown that less than 12% of Adelaide's original vegetation remains since European settlement in 1836. Most of this remaining vegetation is made up of the Hills Face Zone or coastal mangroves and samphire. Habitat destruction and fragmentation has caused significant biodiversity loss, with many local native species under threat.

Biodiversity conservation and management is crucial to help restore and ensure a healthy and sustainable local environment for future generations.

How the Program Works

The UFBP coordinates biodiversity conservation planning and action across the Adelaide Metropolitan Area.  This includes:

  • Identifying areas of high conservation significance and planning for protection works;
  • Implementing on-ground restoration projects;
  • Providing education, training and resources to improve biodiversity conservation practices; and
  • Raising awareness and understanding of the importance of biodiversity.

These activities cover the entire Adelaide Metropolitan Area, including both public and private land.  Funding and action is targeted towards sites that contribute the most for conserving and restoring biodiversity.  Key projects include sites within the Hills Face Zone, Northern Plains, Southern Suburbs and Coast park (A Planning SA initiative).

Caper White ButterflyWho is Involved

The plans and activities of the UFBP are managed by the SA Department for Environment , Water and Natural Resources, with support from the Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board and the Commonwealth Government.

To ensure a partnership approach is taken to help manage the collective biodiversity issues across the whole region, a steering group oversees the activities of the UFBP.  This steering group includes members from Planning SA, DWLBC, Conservation Council SA, and Salisbury, Marion, Playford, Mitcham, Port Adelaide Enfield and Onkaparinga Councils.

How the UFBP Can Help You

The UFBP can provide financial, technical and other support to community groups, industry, individuals, councils and schools for projects involving:

  • Native vegetation management;
  • Pest plant and animal control;
  • Project monitoring;
  • Wildlife protection;
  • Education and training; and
  • Strategic revegetation to create corridors and buffers.

Please contact the program if you would like any support or guidance in your own local conservation or revegetation activities.

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Page last updated - Monday 13-May-13