To effectively preserve the natural beauty of this region SCEC works across four broad strategic areas:
Remaining natural areas need to be preserved and protected. A network of connected conservation areas needs to be established which covers suitable habitat for all plants and animals and allows for movement of species across the landscape. Ecosystems that are currently threatened should be expanded in area to the point where they are no longer threatened.
Governments at all levels need to develop policies and laws that support environmental restoration and avoid environmental harm. Planning for environmental protection needs to occur across all areas of government including energy and water, town planning, transport and waste management.
People are the final consumers of all the things our society produces. We must all understand how the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the energy we use and everything else that we do impacts on the environment. We need to become critical consumers and actors and choose those products and activities that do not harm the environment.
The global economy is running into the limits of what the earth can supply. Within a generation we will run out of key materials such as oil, phosphorous and a number of minerals. We are rapidly clearing forests and exhausting fish stocks while our carbon emissions are warming the planet. We need to transform the economic system to be powered by renewable energy, to create a cyclic flow of materials and to avoid putting even more polluting substances in our land, waterways and atmosphere.