Integrating national botanical information and regional vegetation planning and management
CSIRO Plant Industry
Environment Australia, July 2003
About the publication
Increasingly, the responsibility for the planning and implementation of native vegetation management, restoration and conservation activities has been devolved to the regional and catchment levels under the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality (NAP) and the Natural Heritage Trust 2 (NHT 2). This has made the accessibility of high quality botanical information to regional end users such as Catchment Management Authorities or Boards, Landcare groups and landholders a priority for the Commonwealth.
The Plants, People and Planning project has focused on how the information that national botanical databases contain is used in regional vegetation planning and management. This project, which was conducted between March and June 2003, investigated current levels of knowledge about, and application of, botanical information to regional vegetation planning, management and on-ground activities. It looked at the awareness, availability and suitability of data from national databases (for example Australia's Virtual Herbarium, which contains species distribution information, or the Australian Natural Resources Atlas Vegetation and Biodiversity data, which contains ecological information about vegetation types), relative to regional information sources.