Our Ecosystems

Our ecosystems have intrinsic value and provides us with the essential ingredients for life – air, water, food, comfort, beauty, and a sense of home. 

Ecosystems everywhere are under threat from humanity’s expanding footprint, unsustainable consumption, and system of production. 

Much of the ACT’s unique national park ecosystems were devastated by the bushfires over the summer, and are further threatened by our sprawling city, expanding ecological footprint, and mismanagement of the land and water. Meanwhile, our unique urban ecosystems are threatened by overdevelopment, habitat and biodiversity loss, and inadequate resourcing of conservation. 

We can restore, strengthen, and better manage the ACT’s unique urban and national park ecosystems by investing in a range of community, government, and First Nations led initiatives.

Our Ecosystems - Achievements

 

Our Plan

Expand Government and community-led ecosystem management programs More »
Plant and care for tens of thousands of trees to reach 30% tree canopy coverage across every suburb in the ACT
Improve water, river, and wetland management More »
Invest in a world-leading zero waste strategy, focusing on programs of repair and reuse to create a circular economy More »
Ensure we pass on a healthy environment to the next generation by making “the right to a healthy environment’ part of our human rights act and reducing our per-capita ecological footprint

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Our Ecosystems - Facts

 

Expand Government and community-led ecosystem management programs

  • Create more urban biodiversity habitats
  • Build more, nature reserves
  • invasive species management
  • Further support for community groups and citizen science groups

Improve water, river and wetland management

  • Construct more urban wetlands to improve water quality, combat the urban heat island effect, and create urban ecosystems.
  • Improve the resilience of mature street trees and vegetation by installing stormwater harvesting trenches, to divert and capture water runoff
  • Expanding small-scale suburban water infrastructure for public buildings that harvests rainwater and stormwater for use in gardens and for irrigation, so water is not wasted 
  • Install Drain socks at the mouths of critical stormwater drains
  • Improve the quality of the water that leaves the ACT down the Murrumbidgee

Invest in a world-leading zero waste strategy, focusing on programs of repair and reuse to create a circular economy

  • ACT wide food and organic waste collection and processing facility, to reduce Canberra’s household waste by 20% and carbon emissions by 6%
  • Replace single-use plastics with sustainable alternatives
  • Upgrading our recycling facilities
  • Increased recycling education and awareness