2010 United Nations International Year of Biodiversity
What's happening in 2010
We will bring you news of the many events and announcements about our own unique biodiversity throughout the year.
Australia's Biodiversity Conservation Strategy
September is Biodiversity Month
CITES brochure available in six Pacific languages
The Australian Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts and New Zealand's Department of Conservation have jointly produced a series of brochures for Pacific Island countries.
The brochures provide information about the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) regulations. Translated into six Pacific languages - Samoan, Tongan, Fijian, Tok Pisin (Papua New Guinea), Palauan and Pijin (Solomon Islands) - the six brochures are being distributed to countries throughout the Oceania Pacific region.
- Download the brochures - If in doubt - check it out!
2010 National Whale Day
Launch of the third National Whale Day and announcement of recipients of more than $668,000 of non-lethal whale and dolphin research funding.
Huge new SA conservation reserve launched on the eve of World Environment Day
A huge outback property more than twice the size of greater Adelaide has become Australia's newest reserve, protecting much needed habitat for species such as the magnificent peregrine falcon and the vulnerable dusky hopping mouse.
Can you pick Australia's favourite new species?
A barnacle that looks like the Sydney Opera House? A pink fish that walks on the sea floor? These are just two of the newly discovered Australian species that are part of a new teachers' resource booklet and competition that will this week go to school children around the country.
International Day for Biodiversity - 22 May 2010
The International Day for Biodiversity is an opportunity for us all to help raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity to our lives and our future.
World famous bird habitat protected forever
A world-famous bird watching property in Queensland was today added to Australia's National Reserve System, protecting the habitat of hundreds of bird species.
Not-for-profit group the Australian Wildlife Conservancy purchased the 14,000 hectare Bowra Station near Cunnamulla for conservation, with $1.2 million from the Australian Government through Caring for our Country and generous private donations.
National Environmental Research Program
The National Environmental Research Program (NERP) is an Australian Government grants program that provides around $20 million per annum for applied public good research that addresses the programs overall objective to improve our capacity to understand, manage and conserve Australia's unique biodiversity and ecosystems through the generation of world-class research and its delivery to Australian environmental decision makers and other stakeholders.
It builds on the lessons learned from the Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities (CERF) program, replacing that program and focusing more specifically on biodiversity and improving research delivery to the Australian Government, other end-users and stakeholders.
Bush Blitz! - Australia's International Year of Biodiversity kicks off...
Bush Blitz is the world's first continental scale survey - a three year multimillion dollar partnership to document the plants and animals in hundreds of properties across Australia's National Reserve System.
Teams of Australia's top scientists will survey hundreds of Australian reserves to document the native plants and animals they protect. The surveys are expected to uncover hundreds of new species and provide baseline scientific data that will help protect Australia’s biodiversity for a generation to come.
- Bush Blitz - Launch of Australian nature discovery mission - Media release, 15 February 2010
11-29 - 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Japan