A case study for monitoring and reporting of land use modification, vegetation condition and biodiversity loss
Bushcare Tasmania, May 2003
- Landscape change in the Meander Valley - report excluding appendices (PDF - 1,044 KB)
- Landscape change in the Meander Valley - Appendix 2 (PDF - 153 KB)
- Landscape change in the Meander Valley - Appendix 3 (PDF - 228 KB)
- Landscape change in the Meander Valley - Appendix 4 (PDF - 120 KB)
- Landscape change in the Meander Valley - Appendix 5 (PDF - 15 KB)
About the case study
Meander Valley Council has been the recipient of a large devolved Natural Heritage Trust grant to implement the recommendations of its Natural Resource Management Strategy. This grant has focused on the maintenance and enhancement of native vegetation and the protection of riparian vegetation and improving water quality. Part of the grant money was set aside to determine if a satellite monitoring system could be put in place to monitor biodiversity outcomes at the landscape scale. This case study brings together the work of the partner organisations into a single document. The case study is expected to inform the development of a National Vegetation Condition Framework and inform State of Environment reporting in Tasmania.
Four objectives for the study were identified:
- An assessment of the utility of a multi temporal woody change analysis undertaken by CSIRO (Perth) covering the municipality and subsequent use of this data to determine woody change trends in the municipality and changes by sub-catchment.
- The determination of the feasibility of attributing woody change using a range of different vegetation data sets including a satellite vegetation classification, with the subsequent determination of biodiversity loss over time.
- The policy and methodological reform that the results from the analytical work suggest.
- An additional objective was to undertake a quick comparison between SOE data sets and the data derived for this project. This latter work is not included in the body of the report but is in one of a series of appendices, which include the reports, describing the input data into this report.