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The term biological diversity or biodiversity refers to the variety of life of earth-plants, animals, micro-organisms-as well as the variety of genetic material they contain and of the ecological systems in which they occur (NLWRA 2001). This Issue Report provides a summary of biodiversity condition and trends for Tasmanian bioregions.
A Tasmania-wide assessment of biodiversity health has been completed as part of the Australian Natural Resources Atlas (Audit) Australia-wide Assessment of Biodiversity (Gouldthorpe & Gilfedder 2002). The aim of the Audit's Biodiversity Assessment has been to comprehensively and consistently assess key elements of terrestrial biodiversity, to determine the condition and trend of biodiversity and to nominate nature conservation options. The Audit's Biodiversity Assessment includes summary reports for each bioregion. It also includes the bioregional results for Tasmania of the Landscape Health report of the Audit assessed on a scale from 1 to 6 (1 is most stressed, 6 is least stressed).
This 'At a glance' section provides an overview of the issue of biodiversity health. More detailed information and references are available in the Biodiversity Health Issue Report. The complete report on Biodiversity Condition for each of the Tasmanian bioregions is available through the Australian Natural Resources Atlas. A Tasmanian Northern Midlands Bioregion Case Study is also available from the Audit (Gouldthorpe and Gilfedder 2002).
The completion of the Tasmanian component of biodiversity health as part of the National Land and Water Resources Audit (Audit) Australia-wide Assessment of Biodiversity is a key response in identifying conservation priorities. The following generally favourable bioregional assessments were reported for Tasmania from the Biodiversity Assessment (Gouldthorpe & Gilfedder 2002):
The following generally less favourable assessments were reported for Tasmania from the Biodiversity Assessment (Gouldthorpe & Gilfedder 2002):
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Last Modified: 14 Dec 2006
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