Urban greening For Liveability and Biodiversity: Green spaces in urban areas are essential to liveability. They provide health benefits for residents by improving recreational spaces, reduce energy costs through a reduction in the ‘heat island’ effect and enhance the environmental values of cities with habitats for biodiversity.
Bush Forever is the strategic plan for the conservation of bushland on the Swan Coastal Plain that will help conserve our biological diversity. It is a world class plan in Australia’s only global biodiversity hotspot but its implementation is incomplete. This unfinished business is putting our irreplaceable natural assets of unique flora, fauna and vegetation systems at risk.
The Department of Environment Regulation has three service delivery areas:
The Department’s purpose is to advise on and implement strategies for a healthy environment for Western Australia. Check here for information on:
Sufficient water supply of appropriate quality is a key ingredient in the health and well-being of humans and ecosystems, and for social and economic development. Water quality is becoming a global concern of increasing significance, as risks of degradation translate directly into social economic impacts. UN-Water is the United Nations inter-agency coordination mechanism for all freshwater related issues, including sanitation. Topics include:
Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas: Overall water risk identifies areas with higher exposure to water-related risks and is an aggregated measure of all selected indicators from the Physical Quantity, Quality and Regulatory & Reputational Risk categories.
The quality of water we use and drink determines in large part quality of our lives. Clean water is essential to the health and well-being of people preserving the integrity of the natural environment and sustaining economies.
Our communities need good services, and spaces that make us feel good. Water is a common factor in many of the things we require to meet our needs and there are many threads to this conversation.
“Liveability reflects the wellbeing of a community & represents the many characteristics that make a location a place where people want to live.” – A State of Liveability, Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission.
Integrated water management looks at ALL of our sources of water and local opportunities to use and re use water, including rain water, storm water and recycled water from wastewater treatment plants. This approach allows consideration of the city as a self contained ecosystem, largely supplying and addressing it’s own water needs rather than relying on the hinterland for supply and waste management. This can result in long term operational cost savings and systems that can better cope with future challenges and climate change.