The result is a series of unique ecosystems that are significant, particularly for reptiles and birds. This uniqueness combined with historical land clearing for agricultural development has led to a significant number of Mallee flora and fauna species, as well as ecological communities, to be listed as threatened in both Victoria and at a national level.
A primary threat to Mallee biodiversity is the loss of ecological processes, particularly in regard to ecosystem fragmentation, disturbed breeding and regeneration cycles; and species population imbalances. Habitat is the key to maintaining and enhancing biodiversity. The size, number, connectivity and quality of remnant vegetation will determine how well ecological processes continue to function in the region. Invasive plants and animals, land and water salinisation, wind erosion, changing land use and altered fire regimes also interact with and further threaten ecological processes.
In delivering against our biodiversity management responsibilities the Mallee CMA works with regional partners and local stakeholders to:
The key focus of the Mallee CMA’s Biodiversity Program is to facilitate the protection and enhancement of the region’s terrestrial biodiversity assets through the implementation of targeted on-ground interventions that address these threatening processes; and through increased community awareness of, and participation in, conservation activities.