Biodiversity: Managing a national asset
An Assessment of the alignment of the
1996 National Strategy for the Conservation of Australia's Biological Diversity and the National Objectives and Targets for Biodiversity Conservation 2001-2005 with relevant national, state/territory and industry biodiversity strategies, NRM policies and codes of practice
Griffin NRM Pty Ltd for the Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006
About the background assesment
Biodiversity is an acknowledged fundamental underpinning of Australian societal wellbeing. Its conservation is sought through a raft of national, state, territory and, increasingly, industry policies and strategies. The overarching national policy instruments are the National Biodiversity Strategy 1996-2006 (NBS) and the National Objectives and Targets for Biodiversity Conservation 2001-2005 (the National Objectives).
Much has changed in the policy environment since these instruments came into effect, including our understanding of the natural environment and our interactions with it. The timeframes of the NBS and National Objectives are coming to a close and the instruments are due for review. It is appropriate that the review takes account of the state, territory and industry biodiversity and related policy and strategies evolving around the nation.
This report outlines the findings of an assessment of the alignment of the NBS and the associated National Objectives, with relevant national, state, territory and industry biodiversity policy and codes of practice.
The assessment was carried out for the Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH) in April-July 2006. It will inform an upcoming review of the NBS, to be conducted by the Natural Resources Management Ministerial Council (NRMMC).