Factor guidelines and technical guidance: Land

Western Australia covers one third of the Australian continent, and includes eight of Australia’s fifteen biodiversity hotspots. The landscape ranges from the rugged Kimberley gorges in the tropical north, to the towering Karri forests in the cooler, wetter southwest and the spinifex and mulga of the arid interior.

The EPA considers the key ‘Land’ factors of flora and vegetation, landforms, subterranean fauna, terrestrial environmental quality and terrestrial fauna in its assessment of significant projects.

Factor Guidelines

Flora and Vegetation

Objective - to protect flora and vegetation so that biological diversity and ecological integrity are maintained.

Landforms

Objective - to maintain the variety and integrity of distinctive physical landforms so that environmental values are protected.

Subterranean Fauna

Objective - to protect subterranean fauna so that biological diversity and ecological integrity are maintained.

Terrestrial Environmental Quality

Objective - to maintain the quality of land and soils so that environmental values are protected.

Terrestrial Fauna

Objective - to protect terrestrial fauna so that biological diversity and ecological integrity are maintained.