Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance

Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance

Partnership Facilitator: Charlie Brennan
Contact details: ph (02) 6655 2678, 0403 296 317 or email charliebrennanjaliigirr@gmail.com

Who is the Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance?

Gumbaynggirr for tree, “Jaliigirr” describes our alliance of 19 groups, each with an active interest in restoring and maintaining the health of the natural environment in the Bellinger River catchment on the far North Coast of NSW. Existing predominantly within the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal Nation, the Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance values the attachment of Aboriginal communities to the landscape and recognises the importance of opportunities to practice natural resource management consistent with cultural beliefs and custom. Formed in early 2012, the Alliance became part of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative within a few months.

What is our focus?

Our partners , including local community and Aboriginal groups, individuals, government and non-government agencies, business and education institutions, work together at a landscape scale to create local and regional wildlife corridors that link World Heritage areas, National Park reserves and State Forests. Our coordinated, landscape-scale approach to connectivity conservation will help build ecosystem resilience, sustaining habitat and migratory routes for species, improving and protecting biodiversity and safeguarding the vital benefits these natural systems provide. By creating this Alliance, all our partners and their communities have the opportunity to work together to better-manage threats to our biodiversity; build and grow our conservation abilities; conserve the health of our diverse natural environments and lifestyle.

What are we up to at the moment?

We’re building a Jaliigirr website to showcase our community and connectivity conservation projects.

What makes our region special?

Covering an area of 337,000 hectares with an altitudinal range of 1564 metres from the seaboard of Coffs Coast to the Dorrigo Plateau, the Jaliigirr region is located in a tropical, subtropical, temperate convergence zone that encompasses 100 regional vegetation communities and so exhibits a unique diversity and complexity. Its values includes 102 threatened fauna species, 50 threatened flora species, 13 endangered ecological communities, and the World Heritage Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. These ecological communities provide our water supply, clean air, crop pollination, nutrient recycling, food, medicines, building materials and the regeneration of primary production soils, contributing billions of dollars to our local economy annually.

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