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Biodiversity is the variety of plants and animals that exist in an area. Ecosystems that are rich in biodiversity are more resilient and healthy and are better able to recover from outside stresses such as drought, pests, wildfire and climate change.

Understanding biodiversity gives us the ability to more effectively address environmental challenges including:

  • controlling pests and supporting species that pollinate crops
  • maintaining groundwater tables
  • absorbing carbon
  • protecting water quality.

Local Land Services supports best practise and planning in order to maintain effective environmental services.

Information on species distribution

Data on plant and animal species in Australia, including mapping, data sets and species by location is available online from the Atlas of Living Australia.

Industry collaborators and resources

NSW Department of Primary Industries
We work closely with DPI to provide up to date technical advice and support.

NSW Office of Water
The NSW Office of Water in DPI is responsible for the management of the State's surface water and groundwater resources.

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
The Office of Environment and Heritage works to protect and conserve the environment, including the natural environment, Aboriginal country, culture and heritage and our built heritage, and manages NSW national parks and reserves.

Natural Resources Commission
The Natural Resources Commission provides the NSW Government with independent advice on managing natural resources.

Department of the Environment (Commonwealth)
The Department of the Environment is responsible for all federal matters pertaining to the environment.