Nature conservation

Biodiversity Reform

A Biodiversity Indicator Program for NSW

It is important to assess the status of biodiversity accurately, now and into the future. Doing so allows us to understand how well current biodiversity management and conservation measures are working. The Biodiversity Indicator Program is developing the measures to perform that assessment.

The New South Wales Government has introduced new legislation for biodiversity conservation and native vegetation management, including the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (the Act). One of the main goals of the Act is to conserve biodiversity.

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) will establish a monitoring program and assess the status of biodiversity in New South Wales at the beginning of the Act – the baseline assessment – then at recommended intervals, including contributing to the five-year review of the Act.

Developing biodiversity indicators

Recording all the plants and animals across New South Wales is a large, complex task. To simplify the task, we have developed indicators of biodiversity and the capacity of ecosystems to adapt to change. This work is a partnership between OEH staff and other Australian biodiversity experts from CSIRO, the Australian Museum and Macquarie University. 

A suite of biodiversity indicators has been identified for species and ecosystems. The method used to develop the indicators has been peer-reviewed and will be available in a technical report (Measuring biodiversity and ecological integrity in NSW: Method for the Biodiversity Indicator Program) and a plain-English summary (Measuring biodiversity and ecological Integrity in NSW: Method summary).

Implementation reports will detail how indicators have been assessed.

These reports will be published, and their datasets uploaded to the NSW Government's Sharing and Enabling Environmental Data (SEED) Portal and the CSIRO Data Access Portal (DAP).

The baseline status of NSW biodiversity will be available in a NSW Biodiversity Outlook Report, which will be subject to peer review.

Products of the Biodiversity Indicator Program

Diagram showing the hierarchy of products in the Biodiversity Indicator Program

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Page last updated: 21 November 2018