Building nature’s safety net 2011 : the state of protected areas for Australia’s ecosystems and wildlife.
Taylor, Martin, Sattler, Paul, Fitzsimons, James, Curnow, Chris, Beaver, Daniel, Gibson, Lydia and Llewellyn, Gilly 2011, Building nature’s safety net 2011 : the state of protected areas for Australia’s ecosystems and wildlife., WWF-Australia, Sydney, N.S.W..
This report is the third in a series with the two previous reports published in 2006 and 2008. This report details major conservation initiatives that have occurred in Australia since the last report, in which data was current to 2006, and highlights emerging issues. A major enhancement on previous reports is the inclusion of ecosystem and threatened species gap analyses, and the reporting on Australia's protected area systems on both land and sea. We define a minimum standard for an adequate, representative, and comprehensive reserve system by sampling ecosystem and species level diversity. Using the latest protected area and national species and ecosystem spatial data, we quantify the gaps: those areas needing to move from the current reserve system to one which meets the minimum standard. We also use data provided by various parks agencies, from responses to a questionnaire or as published by the agencies, to detail financial investments in protected areas, and estimate the investment levels needed to fill the documented gaps. We also identify critical policy changes needed to more effectively fill the identified gaps.
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Field of Research
050202 Conservation and Biodiversity 050206 Environmental Monitoring 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
Socio Economic Objective
961308 Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas at Regional or Larger Scales
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