Western Australia's rural communities are essential to our food security, economy, and cultural identity. Many farmers and pastoralists are practicing sustainable farming, but still face less predictable rainfall, poor returns and extreme weather events as a result of climate change. Around 11,000 people worked in agriculture in WA in 2009-2010, with Western Australian farm products generating around $5.9 billion revenue, or 11% of the State's GDP.
The South West is a unique and beautiful part of Western Australia. Internationally renowned as one of the top 35 biodiversity hotspots in the world it is also a popular destination for tourists and holds a special place in the hearts of most West Australians.
But our South West is under threat. Climate change is having a dramatic impact on the ecosystem with our forests drying out and our water supplies running low. Rainfall patterns have changed significantly over the past 40 years and sea levels along our west coast have been rising at more than double the global average. The South West is already stressed from habitat fragmentation and the changing climate .
The Greens are standing up for what matters in the Kimberley and have developed a plan with the Kimberley community for the future.