Biodiversity Home / Council / Environment / Conservation and natural areas / Biodiversity Page ContentBiodiversity is important for a sustainable local environment and is not static but constantly changing. Developments should not adversely affect the biodiversity of the surrounding areas. Find out about the City of Stirling's Local Biodiversity Strategy. What is biodiversity?Biodiversity refers to the variety of plants, animals and other living things that make up the natural environment, and the role they play in the sustainability of the environment. Why is biodiversity important?Greater biodiversity leads to a more sustainable local environment. In other words, the more complex an ecosystem is, the better its ability to restore balance. How does biodiversity relate to planning and development?Biodiversity is not static but constantly changing. Genetic change and evolutionary processes can increase biodiversity, but habitat degradation, population decline and extinction reduce biodiversity.Therefore, it is important that any planned developments take these factors into account and not adversely affect the biodiversity of the surrounding areas. City of Stirling's Local Biodiversity StrategyThe City of Stirling has developed a strategy to provide the general strategic direction on the conservation of natural areas that are locally or regionally significant, in order to improve biodiversity and sustainability. The Local Biodiversity Strategy includes information on:The extent of natural areas within the City of StirlingStrategy objectivesResults and interpretations of biodiversity surveysImplications for biodiversity managementPolicy and legislative instruments for biodiversity protectionAbatement of threats and disturbancesCommunity focusThe implementation plan.It is supported by sub-strategies dealing specifically with bushland, wetland, coastal dunes or other natural areas. Local Biodiversity StrategyContact usFor further information please contact City's Environmental Officer Natural Areas via email or on (08) 9205 8555.