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.
When will these enhancements be made?
Enhancements to BioNet data and systems go live on 21 August 2017.
Users will not be able to access BioNet systems from 6pm Friday 18 August to 9am Monday 21 August. Data must be completed before 6pm Friday 18 August to avoid any delay in processing. Historical data will be archived but will continue to be available. Keep an eye out for access details on the BioNet homepage.
What is changing?
- 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.