A way forward
Centre for Arid Zone Research, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Alice Springs
Environment Australia and CSIRO, August 2003
ISBN 0 9581 0145 0
- Biodiversity monitoring in the rangelands: A way forward - Volume 1 (PDF - 823 KB)
- Biodiversity monitoring in the rangelands: A way forward - Volume 2: Case studies (PDF - 791 KB)
About the report
This report describes the outcomes of an expert technical workshop on the monitoring of biodiversity in Australia’s rangelands that was held from 29 October to 1 November 2002 in Alice Springs, Northern Territory.
The need for this expert technical workshop was identified by the National Rangeland Monitoring Coordinating Committee (NRMCC) at their final meeting to review the progress of implementing an Australian Collaborative Rangeland Information System (ACRIS) of which biodiversity monitoring was to be an important component.
At the final meeting of this committee it was argued by many - including some of the authors of the review on biodiversity monitoring in the rangelands for the National Land, Water and Resources Audit report (Tropical Savannas CRC 2001) - that there was poor understanding of the applicability of the report’s proposed indicators, the techniques for monitoring them and other new tools. In recognition of this, the NRMCC agreed that a national biodiversity monitoring program could not be implemented without a better understanding of the:
- reasons for monitoring biodiversity in the rangelands
- most appropriate indicators for different clients
- best techniques for measuring these indicators
- guiding principles for monitoring programs
- knowledge gaps and research needs