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Biodiversity and its value

Biodiversity series, Paper no. 1
Biodiversity Unit
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories
, 1993
ISBN 0 642 19904 3

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About this paper

This paper was prepared by the Biodiversity Unit within the Commonwealth Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories (DEST). Input from members of the Biological Diversity Advisory Committee, and agencies and relevant areas of the Environment, Sport and Territories Portfolio is acknowledged.

This paper explains biological diversity and the three levels at which it is usually considered: genetic, species and ecosystem diversity. It also briefly discusses why biological diversity is important, especially the value of its components and diversity itself.

Information presented in this document may be copied for personal use or published for educational purposes, provided that any extracts are fully acknowledged.

Acknowledgments

This paper was prepared by the Biodiversity Unit within the Commonwealth Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories (DEST). Input from members of the Biological Diversity Advisory Committee, and agencies and relevant areas of the Environment, Sport and Territories Portfolio is acknowledged. The paper was refereed by Professor Barry Richardson of the University of Western Sydney.

The paper is based on materials prepared for the Biological Diversity Advisory Committee in the context of the development of a draft National Strategy for the Conservation of Australia's Biological Diversity.