Updated information to that provided in Rangelands 2008 - Taking the pulse
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, 2011
About the report
Using data compiled in the Collaborative Australian Protected Areas Database (CAPAD), the formally protected area within Australia’s rangelands increased from 606,931 km2 in 2004 to 745,042 km2 in 2010. The increase of 138,111 km2 represents 2.2% of the rangelands area and brought the protected area in 2010 to 12% of the rangelands.
At bioregion resolution, the greatest percentage increases in protected area between 2004 and 2010 occurred in the northern non-pastoral Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia (IBRA 7) regions (Arnhem Plateau, Arnhem Coast, Tanami, Central Arnhem and Gulf Coastal). An additional 7.3% to 53.9% of the area of each IBRA region was listed within CAPAD across these bioregions. Lesser percentage increases in protected area occurred over the same period in the pastorally more important bioregions of Finke, Brigalow Belt South, Central Kimberley and Murray Darling Depression (a further 2.6% to 5.2% of IBRA area protected). The percentage of IBRA area protected elsewhere in the rangelands between 2004 and 2010 remained stable or increased slightly (generally <5%).
Further biennial change in formally recognised protected area within the rangelands can be reported by accessing the Collaborative Australian Protected Areas Database.