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What is strategic conservation planning?

Population projections show that NSW is likely to grow to 9.9 million people  by 2036. This growth across the state will bring 1 million new homes by 2021 and nearly 3 million new homes over the next 30 years.


Strategic conservation planning aims to prepare for the growth of NSW by protecting our natural environment and delivering economic outcomes.

Why is strategic conservation planning important?

Strategic conservation planning aims to strike the balance between delivering positive environmental outcomes and supporting appropriate development over the next 38 years. It provides opportunities for both the environment and the people who are a part of the continued growth in the region now and into the future.

How does strategic conservation planning work?

Strategic conservation planning uses ‘biodiversity certification’ to balance development impacts by deploying a range of conservation measures that are delivered over time.


Strategic conservation planning:

  • informs where development will take place for new homes, schools commercial centres, parks, major roads and other infrastructure
  • assesses the impact of proposed development on native plants and animals
  • details a program of conservation measures, such as new national parks, reserves and revegetation areas, to balance the effects of development activities and protect biodiversity.


Strategic conservation planning will help plan across landscapes, moving beyond a site-by-site impact approach to biodiversity and taking on a strategic, outcomes driven approach with the goal to:

  • protect a network of conservation areas and green corridors
  • protect unique biodiversity and vulnerable species
  • help design liveable cities that can respond to climate change and better manage risk from bushfires and flooding and the heat island effect
  • streamline the delivery of priority housing and infrastructure


When this work is complete, we will have:

  • a lasting conservation legacy of protection for native species
  • increased certainty for landholders, with clear details on the biodiversity impacts and how they can be offset
  • increased certainty for communities about how their environment is being protected.

Page last updated: 11/02/2019