|Protected Areas in South Australia
Natural resources are vital to our survival. Natural resources include soil, water resources, geological features and landscapes, native vegetation and native animals, other native organisms and ecosystems. The ecosystems we rely on every day are not infinite. While South Australia is rich in natural resources, our economic and environmental reliance on them is growing and this needs to be managed in a sustainable way.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, in partnership with the Natural Resources Management (NRM) Council and the eight Natural Resources Management Boards, has a key responsibility for the management of natural resources in South Australia. Working closely with farmers, pastoralists, industry, communities, environmental organisations, and local government, the Department takes an integrated approach to protecting and strengthening the state's natural resources.
Types of Parks
South Australia has eight types of park:
National Parks (NP)
Areas considered to be of national significance due to wildlife, natural features of the land, or Aboriginal or European heritage.
Conservation Parks (CP)
Areas protected for the purpose of conserving wildlife or the natural or historic features of the land.
Game Reserves (GR)
Areas set aside for conservation of wildlife and the management of game for seasonal hunting.
Recreation Parks (RP)
Areas managed for public recreation and enjoyment in a natural setting.
Regional Reserves (RR)
Areas proclaimed for the purpose of conserving wildlife or natural or historical features while allowing responsible use of the area's natural resources.
Wilderness Protection Areas (WPA)
Land set aside under the Wilderness Protection Act 1992 to protect natural and remote areas.
Conservation Reserves (CR)
Land set aside for conservation of natural and cultural features under the Crown Land Management Act 2009.
Marine Parks (MP)
Areas set aside to preserve the biological diversity of the state's coastal, estuarine and marine environments while allowing ecologically sustainable use of the area's natural resources.
Sources: Australian Government - Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities - Government of South Australia - Department of the Environment and Natural Resources