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Publications archive - The Biodiversity Toolbox


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

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Yellow Water Lagoon - Kakadu National Park. Photo: John Baker

History of the toolbox

The Biodiversity Toolbox was developed in 2002 for the Department of the Environment and Heritage by Environs Australia, supported by the Commonwealth’s Biological Diversity Advisory Committee (BDAC), with guidance from the Commonwealth Local Government Biodiversity Education Steering Committee, consisting of key stakeholders.

The development of the Biodiversity Toolbox was funded by the Australian Government under the Natural Heritage Trust. The Toolbox consists of a web-based collection of information, tools, resources, contacts and links, designed to assist local government prioritise biodiversity conservation and integrate it into planning and management operations. The Toolbox is structured around a benchmarking framework to guide the planning and implementation of biodiversity conservation goals.

Research conducted over recent years has improved understanding of the constraints and barriers inhibiting councils from taking a more proactive approach to natural resource management in their local areas. The National Local Government Biodiversity Survey, [scroll down to ‘Biodiversity’] undertaken in 2000, highlighted five major areas of concern for councils across Australia:

The Toolbox targets each of these areas, and aims to ultimately build the capacity of council staff and elected representatives to become champions for their communities.

The Biodiversity Toolbox is maintained by the Department of the Environment and Water Resources and will be updated regularly to ensure it continues to be relevant and useful. Suggestions for improvements or information on new resources will be welcome.

For new resources or suggestions for the Toolbox: contact us