Knowledge of the State's biodiversity
Many government agencies have their own databases and information relating to biodiversity. By linking these information systems, conservation planners, land managers and members of the public can now get a good picture of biodiversity across the state.
The NSW Biodiversity Strategy contributed through a range of projects to improving access to information. It also helped to address the fundamental biodiversity knowledge gaps. Key projects contributed to:
A whole of government online biodiversity information system, known simply as BioNet (Project 1.3)
. This on-line resource links agency biodiversity databases and compliments the Community Access to Natural Resource Information (CANRI
The development of the Threatened Species Survey and Assessment Guidelines to help with the assessment of development proposals (a copy will be available here when finalised). View a draft version of the Threatened Species Survey and Assessment Guidelines
Detailed taxonomic research
which expanded our biological and ecological knowledge of several groups of terrestrial invertebrates and non-vascular plants. This work resulted in a range of scientific journal articles describing new species and knowledge and also helped inform the Master list of taxonomic names for inclusion on BioNet (Projects 122.1-122.5)
An integrated biodiversity conservation assessment across NSW which assessed the conservation status of biodiversity at different scales, helped to fill gaps in information and produced assessment tools for State and bioregional conservation assessments. The information captured as part of this project is now readily available and has helped to inform recent biodiversity planning and management decisions. The key products from the Integrated Biodiversity Conservation Assessments package include:
- Compilation of a statewide map of native vegetation coverage, resulting in the publication of Ocean shores to desert dunes: the native vegetation of New South Wales and the ACT by Dr David Keith, published by the NSW Government see www.environment.nsw.gov.au/publications/ostdd.htm. (Project 13.11).
- A comprehensive vegetation classification and assessment of the plant communities across the state with particular focus on western NSW (Project 13.8).
- Classification of landscapes in NSW as a surrogate for biodiversity - this work formed part of the statewide project to monitor conservation across NSW and resulted in the publication Atlas of NSW landscapes.
- The bioregional assessments, which included a series of projects focused on gathering information for bioregions with identified knowledge gaps. In some cases, biodiversity surveys had already been undertaken in particular areas and the Strategy projects helped to extend this work, complementing work initiated through the Natural Heritage Trust funded projects and/or the Comprehensive Regional Assessment (CRA) process. The most significant outcomes of this work were the guide How to carry out a bioregional assessment which can help local groups carry out bioregional assessments, including tips on how to collect and analyse information and how to incorporate the findings of their assessments into plans for natural resource management (Project 13.1), and The Bioregions of NSW, an on-line publication which provides a snapshot of the conservation character and significance of the 17 bioregions of NSW (Project 13.17).
Download How to carry out a bioregional assessment
Other products include biodiversity survey reports, datasets and information suitable for use by conservation planners and other related natural resource managers, and conservation programs operating in each bioregion. You can view the range of assessment reports available to download below.
Bioregion documents to download:
Brigalow Belt South documents:
Cobar Peneplain and Lower Murray-Darling documents:
Darling Riverine Plains documents:
Page last updated: 11 April 2011