The subregion contains the wettest and most mountainous parts of the SA Murray-Darling Basin, and supports high productivity farming. It contains a number of threatened species and ecological communities of national significance.
This page provides an overview of the things people value about the landscapes, livelihoods and lifestyles of the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges subregion, what is driving change, and what needs to be worked on to ensure the values supported by natural resources persist for the future.
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Some of the features we value in Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges subregion that are supported by natural resources include:
- Aboriginal cultural values
- ‘Lifestyle’ values; semi-rural living with high level of services and within close proximity to Adelaide
- natural beauty; landscape aesthetic associated with mosaic of land uses including patches of bush
- high rainfall, high productivity farming area with high production from irrigated horticulture and grazing, and a diversity of farming
- tourism associated with food, wine and European settler and cultural heritage values
- biodiversity conservation, including threatened species and ecological communities of national significance.
The main drivers of change to natural resources identified in the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges subregion are:
- rapid urban growth and development
- increasing value of land for 'lifestyle' properties; decreasing property size
- market diversification - increase in tourism, boutique food and wine
- climate change.
Potential natural resource impacts of climate change projections in the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges subregion include:
- decline in winter rainfall, increase in daily mean, minimum and maximum temperatures and increase in frequency of heatwaves affecting agricultural production, habitat condition, soil health and erosion risk
- increasing pressure on water resources affecting water quality and availability for human and environmental needs
- increased risk of soil erosion from high rainfall events due to depleted soil cover
- increased risk of fire
- greater risk to biodiversity due to habitat fragmentation
- shifts in presence and distribution of weed species.
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