What's at Risk

The Kimberley

The Kimberley, in the north-west corner of Australia, is one of the world’s last cultural and natural landscapes that is not yet industrialised. Kimberley Aboriginal people comprise more than half of the region’s population, and their rights and interests in, and knowledge about, the land and waters are critical parts of the region’s environmental future.

Kimberley landscapes are breathtaking. Few places in the world are as awe inspiring, with ancient and rugged ranges, gorges, escarpments and plateaux, sheer cliffs, mudflats and sandy beaches. One of Australia’s mightiest rivers, the Fitzroy, has so far been protected from damming and continues to have great spiritual and cultural importance for the Aboriginal people who live and depend on it. The eucalypt woodland and tall grassland that covers the region and most of northern Australia are the world’s most extensive intact tropical savannahs.

Kimberley rainforests were only recognised by science in the 1960s. Even though they cover less than 1% of the landmass they contain 25% of the Kimberley region’s plant and animal species. Scientific expeditions find new species of plants regularly. Such findings have led people to say this region is like the Amazon 100 years ago: remote, little studied and poorly understood. The Kings Park Science Director, Dr Kingsley Dixon, refers to the Kimberley as ‘the last great botanical frontier in Australia’.

The vast Kimberley coast and seas are recognised as being amongst the most intact marine areas in the world. Science has only recently begun to investigate them. Three islands surveyed have been found to support 280 species of coral. The largest Humpack Whale population in the world calves and breeds in waters between Broome and Camden Sound.

Despite the cultural and natural riches of the Kimberley, most of the region remains unprotected and unmanaged, an astounding omission given its international importance and place in the Australian consciousness. The islands and archipelagos, plateaux and gorges are vulnerable to the oil and gas industry, and mining companies are actively exploring for minerals including coal, uranium and bauxite. The region’s remoteness has until recently kept most exploitative industries at bay, and made a scientific investigation difficult. The race is now on for the region’s future: natural wonderland or industrialised wasteland.

- See more at: http://www.environskimberley.org.au/western-australia-kimberley-region/#sthash.eAIrkgXL.dpuf
The Kimberley, in the north-west corner of Australia, is one of the world’s last cultural and natural landscapes that has not yet been industrialised.

Kimberley landscapes are breathtaking. Few places in the world are as awe inspiring, with ancient and rugged ranges, gorges, escarpments and plateaux, sheer cliffs, mudflats and sandy beaches. One of Australia’s mightiest rivers, the Fitzroy, has so far been protected from damming and continues to have great spiritual and cultural importance for the Aboriginal people who live and depend on it. Kimberley Aboriginal people comprise more than half of the region’s population, and their rights and interests in, and knowledge about, the land and waters are critical parts of the region’s environmental future.

 

The eucalypt woodland and tall grassland that cover the region and most of northern Australia are the world’s most extensive intact tropical savannahs. The vast Kimberley coast and seas are recognised as being amongst the most intact marine areas in the world. Science has only recently begun to investigate them. Three islands surveyed have been found to support 280 species of coral. The largest Humpack Whale population in the world calves and breeds in waters between Broome and Camden Sound.

Despite the cultural and natural riches of the Kimberley, most of the region remains unprotected and unmanaged, an astounding omission given its international importance and place in the Australian consciousness. The islands and archipelagos, plateaux and gorges are vulnerable to the oil and gas industry, and mining companies are actively exploring for minerals including coal, uranium and bauxite. The region’s remoteness has until recently kept most exploitative industries at bay, and made a scientific investigation difficult. The race is now on for the region’s future: natural wonderland or industrialised wasteland.

The Kimberley

The Kimberley, in the north-west corner of Australia, is one of the world’s last cultural and natural landscapes that is not yet industrialised. Kimberley Aboriginal people comprise more than half of the region’s population, and their rights and interests in, and knowledge about, the land and waters are critical parts of the region’s environmental future.

Kimberley landscapes are breathtaking. Few places in the world are as awe inspiring, with ancient and rugged ranges, gorges, escarpments and plateaux, sheer cliffs, mudflats and sandy beaches. One of Australia’s mightiest rivers, the Fitzroy, has so far been protected from damming and continues to have great spiritual and cultural importance for the Aboriginal people who live and depend on it. The eucalypt woodland and tall grassland that covers the region and most of northern Australia are the world’s most extensive intact tropical savannahs.

Kimberley rainforests were only recognised by science in the 1960s. Even though they cover less than 1% of the landmass they contain 25% of the Kimberley region’s plant and animal species. Scientific expeditions find new species of plants regularly. Such findings have led people to say this region is like the Amazon 100 years ago: remote, little studied and poorly understood. The Kings Park Science Director, Dr Kingsley Dixon, refers to the Kimberley as ‘the last great botanical frontier in Australia’.

The vast Kimberley coast and seas are recognised as being amongst the most intact marine areas in the world. Science has only recently begun to investigate them. Three islands surveyed have been found to support 280 species of coral. The largest Humpack Whale population in the world calves and breeds in waters between Broome and Camden Sound.

Despite the cultural and natural riches of the Kimberley, most of the region remains unprotected and unmanaged, an astounding omission given its international importance and place in the Australian consciousness. The islands and archipelagos, plateaux and gorges are vulnerable to the oil and gas industry, and mining companies are actively exploring for minerals including coal, uranium and bauxite. The region’s remoteness has until recently kept most exploitative industries at bay, and made a scientific investigation difficult. The race is now on for the region’s future: natural wonderland or industrialised wasteland.

- See more at: http://www.environskimberley.org.au/western-australia-kimberley-region/#sthash.eAIrkgXL.dpuf