A draft framework
David Freudenberger and Judith Harvey - CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems
Environment Australia, May 2003
ISBN 0 6425 4919 2
About this report
The Land Water and Biodiversity Committee under the Natural Resources Management Ministerial Council convened a Biodiversity Benefits Task Group to conduct:
'an assessment of the biodiversity benefits of revegetation, and vegetation rehabilitation and protection programs, and an analysis of the most effective program interventions'.
In outline, this report:
- gives an operational definition and provides a matrix for defining the broad range of attributes of biodiversity at a range of scales
- describes the various assessment scales that need to be considered across geomorphic, ecological, institutional and management units
- briefly describes the range of management actions or interventions which are encompassed by the term 'vegetation enhancement'
- provides a generic framework for assessing the biodiversity benefits of vegetation enhancement
- applies this framework in four steps, across a wide range of case studies, most at the patch and landscape scales (see Appendix)
- describes the insights gained from the review of these case studies
- makes recommendations for further assessment of the biodiversity benefits of vegetation enhancement
- makes recommendations for prioritising future investments in vegetation enhancement