Land

Pressures on land

Pressures on the Australian land

Australia's population continues to increase, both in numbers and in affluence, putting great pressure on our land and its resources. In the last 200 years vast areas of native vegetation have been cleared or degraded, resulting in adverse affects on biodiversity, soil and water quality and assisting in the spread of weeds, feral pests and diseases.

Although the deleterious consequences of most human activities are unintentional, they have the capacity to threaten the natural systems essential to life. There is increasing effort to improve management practices so that pressures on the land are reduced and declines in biodiversity, soil and water quality are reversed.