Department of the Environment and Water Resources, 2007
Parks Australia Environmental Performance
EN6: Location and size of land owned, leased or managed in biodiversity-rich habitats
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Performance 2005-06 and trends
Parks Australia’s parks and gardens cover a total of 2 132 282 hectares. This figure has increased by 937 hectares from the 2 131 345 hectares reported in 2004-05 due to the inclusion of Booderee’s Botanic Gardens, and marine park areas in the totals, as well as minor changes with the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) in Canberra.
Of the six Commonwealth national parks, two are listed World Heritage sites (Kakadu and Uluru) for their natural and cultural values. These two parks and Booderee National Park are managed jointly with Traditional Owners. The other three national parks protect unique island ecosystems within Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island (located in the Indian Ocean) and the Norfolk Island Territory.
Management of these parks aims to ensure protection of ecosystems and continuing use by Traditional Owners, while providing for significant numbers of visitors. A key aspect of these parks is the intact habitats they provide for a diverse range of species, including many species listed as threatened at state or national level.
The ANBG in Canberra is the premier national organisation devoted to growing, studying and promoting Australian native plants. A smaller botanic garden is located on Norfolk Island, and an area within Booderee National Park also functions as a botanic garden.
|Australian National Botanic Gardens||85|
|Booderee National Park||7254 (including a marine area of 875 ha)|
|Christmas Island National Park||8719|
|Kakadu National Park||1 980 400|
|Norfolk Island National Park and Botanic Garden||656 (including Mt Pitt section 460 ha; Phillip Island 190 ha; Norfolk Island Botanic Garden 5.5 ha)|
|Pulu Keeling National Park||2602 including marine area extending 1.5 km around North Keeling Island|
|Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park||132 566|
|Total||2 132 282|
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