View of the Stirling Ranges in Western Australia. / ©: Cortlan Bennett

Southwest Australia

Australia's southwest corner is one of the most important areas in the world for biodiversity conservation.

What is now known as the Southwest Australia Ecoregion, and revered internationally for its plant biodiversity, is a sanctuary for a number of endangered and unique species. However, clearing for agriculture and urban development, along with introduced species have exacted a huge toll.

WWF-Australia has worked in Southwest Australia since 1978, when we funded surveys to locate the rare marsupial mouse known as the dibbler.

Since that time WWF-Australia has expanded its activities and offices across the Southwest Australia Ecoregion, working to conserve vital landscapes, remnant bushland and threatened species.

A simple formula is the key to our success in Southwest Australia. We work collaboratively with our partners to implement solutions that safeguard this jewel in the Australian continent.

Help save black cockatoos

One of the most important means of recovery for threatened species and communities is the protection of their habitat.

Two-thirds of Australia is privately-managed rural land. Private landholders play an increasingly important role in the conservation of biodiversity across Australia.
If you manage, live on or own land that is habitat for black cockatoos, please contact your local Landcare office to find out ways that you can help.

You can also donate to WWF to help us protect endangered Australian species like black cockatoos.

Eucalyptus erythronema flowers, Southwest Australia Ecoregion. / ©: Richard McLellan / WWF-Aus
© Richard McLellan / WWF-Aus
Southwest Australia Ecoregion (SWAE)
The Southwest Australia Ecoregion is one of only 34 global biodiversity hotspots, is one of WWF’s 35 Global Priority Places, and is both an Endemic Bird Area and Centre for Plant Diversity.
Lake Monger and Perth skyscrapers in the background. / ©: Kath Howard / WWF-Aus
© Kath Howard / WWF-Aus
Fast-growing Perth is projected to more than double in size to 4.3 million people by 2056, which could spell disaster for this globally important stronghold for nature.
Map of the Southwest Australia marine region / ©: Commonwealth of Australia
© Commonwealth of Australia
Southwest Australia marine environment
Australia’s southwest marine environment is home to many unique animals. Its biodiversity exceeds that of the Great Barrier Reef, yet less than 1% of the region is protected.