It is Department of Agriculture policy that regulation is only used when all other approaches to address land degradation have failed. Our thrust is to encourage land holders to move towards using land within its capabilities as they continue to adopt sustainable farming systems. Underlying this approach is a self regulatory philosophy with land conservation district committees playing an important management and coordination role. Nevertheless the community expects that land degradation will be controlled and legislation is available to underpin or complement the good intentions of most land holders. The Soil and Land Conservation Act is the legislation used to prevent and mitigate land degradation in Western Australia. Under this Act the Commissioner of Soil and Land Conservation has a responsibility to prevent any activities that are likely to result in land degradation.
Land Evaluation, Land clearance, Remnant Vegetation, Conservation
Holm, A M. (1994), Procedures for the administration and assessment of clearing and protection of native vegetation in Western Australia. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Report.
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