The Nature Conservation Council of NSW's (NCC) Biodiversity Education project will provide individuals and groups in Western Sydney and on the Central Coast, opportunities to gain more information about their natural environment, enabling them to become more active in the decision making processes that affect biodiversity in their area.
The first stage of the project has been to gather information about the understanding of biodiversity in the Western Sydney area and, more broadly, to investigate the effectiveness of several biodiversity education projects.
Participation in local environment "expos" such as Liverpool City Council's Bloomin' Festival and Hawkesbury Council's Sustainability Fair, has provided key opportunities to talk with local people and key stakeholders one-on-one.
The next stage will involve meeting with NCC member groups, other local environment groups, local government, relevant State Government departments, local businesses, educational institutions and other key biodiversity managers in Western Sydney.
This activity will focus on identifying opportunities, barriers and links to ongoing biodiversity conservation activities, as well as identifying key local target audiences, and what collective action can be taken to support the participants and their work in biodiversity management and conservation.