Western Australia has just announced something seriously epic. To counter rising threats to nature, WA will safeguard 12 million acres of land and sea. Yep, you heard that right.

It’s the largest commitment ever made in Australia to protect our incredible wild places. And, although the exact boundaries of the protection are yet to be announced, it’s expected to cover:

  • The waters surrounding the Buccaneer Archipelago, which – under the plans – would become part of the Great Kimberley Marine Park
  • The Fortescue Marshes, a large wetland in the far northwest of Western Australia. The marshes extend over 250,000 acres and home over a quarter of a million birds

A new marine park is also proposed on the South Coast, where the waters are home to whales, sea lions, sharks, and albatrosses. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

The announcement is obviously just the first step and there is a lot of work to do. According to this report, the government will be creating partnerships with landholders, communities, and Traditional Owners to make it a reality.

We’ll be following the story closely (watch this space) but want to take our hats off to WA for showing the world how it’s done.

 

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