These reforms will bring to life the Biodiversity Assessment Method (BAM), a scientifically robust, metric-based approach to valuing biodiversity. In support of these reforms and the new BAM, the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is enhancing existing processes and systems.
What has changed?
- New product names and terminology across existing BioNet systems including:
- Atlas of NSW Wildlife
- NSW Vegetation Information Systems (VIS)
- Threatened Species Profile Database (TSPD).
- New data-driven vegetation integrity benchmarks for more than 650 bioregional vegetation classes showing reference condition for:
- richness and cover of native trees
- shrubs, grasses
- forbs, ferns, and other growth forms
- cover of litter
- the length of logs and numbers of large trees.
- Vegetation classification will become more data-driven and BioMetric Vegetation Types (BVTs) will be removed in line with the retirement of Catchment Management Authority (CMA) administrative boundaries. There will be no change to Plant Community Types (PCTs).
- New attributes used to assess threatened biodiversity under regulatory frameworks will be introduced.
- Web service functionality will expand to support BioNet by providing open and transparent access to data.