Cumberland Subregion BIO Map Core Areas

The Biodiversity Investment Opportunities Map (BIO Map) is a key deliverable of the NSW Government’s $40 million Green Corridors program, a Government priority action identified in NSW 2021: A Plan to make NSW number one. The map was prepared with funding provided by the NSW Environmental Trust.

BIO Map has been prepared for the Cumberland subregion, a 275 693-hectare area containing the Cumberland Plain, a broad shale basin in Western Sydney. The areas identified for investment are termed priority investment areas, and include core areas (this layer) and biodiversity corridors of regional significance.

Mapping criteria were used to identify and map priority investment areas, and targeted stakeholder consultation was conducted to inform the outputs of the project. Stakeholders consulted included the Commonwealth Department of the Environment, six state government authorities, 16 local councils and eight non-government organisations.

The final Cumberland subregion BIO Map identifies a network of 87 core areas and 27 regional biodiversity corridors within the Cumberland subregion. The 87 core areas include all of the Priority Conservation Lands identified by the Cumberland Plain Recovery Plan. The total area represented within the mapped priority investment areas is 42,124 hectares. Mapped core areas make up 24,197 hectares.

The BIO Map project aims to achieve better biodiversity outcomes by directing biodiversity investment funding to the strategic locations of greatest benefit. A landholder’s right to carry out agricultural and developmental activities on their land are not altered by their property being identified as a priority investment area on the BIO Map. The BIO Map identifies areas where landowners have more opportunities to receive funding to protect their bushland. Any involvement by a landowner in such programs is entirely voluntary.

Data and Resources

  • Data Quality StatementPDF

    Data quality statement for Cumberland Subregion BIO Map Core Areas

  • BioMapCumberlandSubregionCoreAreasZIP

    Report, spatial data and metadata associated with Cumberland Plain Bio Map.

Metadata Summary What is metadata?

Field Value
Metadata template type Vector
Asset Type Asset
Language English
Edition 1 (original)
Purpose The BIO Map project aims to achieve better biodiversity outcomes by directing biodiversity investment funding to the strategic locations of greatest benefit
Frequency of change As needed
Metadata Date 2015-04-08
Date of Asset Creation 2015-08-04
Date of Asset Publication 2015-04-08
License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
Equivalent Scale 1
Geospatial Topic Boundaries
NSW Place Name Cumberland Plain

Dataset extent

Temporal Coverage From 1990-01-01 - 2016-01-06
Datum GDA94 Geographic (Lat\Long)
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Attribution Department of Planning and Environment asserts the right to be attributed as author of the original material in the following manner: "© State Government of NSW and Department of Planning and Environment 2015"