Review of the National Strategy for the Conservation of Australia's Biological Diversity

Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council
Environment Australia, 2001
ISBN 0 6425 4734 3

Appendix A: Summary of assessment of Strategy objectives

1 - Conservation of biological diversity across Australia
1.1 Identification
(a) Identify important biological diversity components; and
(b) [identify] threatening processes.
 
Partially achieved
Partially achieved
1.2 Bioregional planning
Manage biological diversity on a regional basis, using natural boundaries to facilitate the integration of conservation and production-oriented management.
 
Partially achieved
1.3 Management for conservation
Improve the standards of management and protection of Australia's biological diversity by encouraging the implementation of integrated management techniques.
 
Achieved
1.4 Protected areas
Establish and manage a comprehensive, adequate and representative system of protected areas covering Australia's biological diversity.
 
Partially achieved
1.5 Conservation outside protected areas
Strengthen off-reserve conservation of biological diversity.
 
Partially achieved
1.6 Wildlife conservation
Ensure the maintenance of, and where necessary strengthen, existing arrangements to conserve Australia's native wildlife.
 
Achieved, ongoing effort required
1.7 Threatened biological diversity
Enable Australia's species and ecological communities threatened with extinction to survive and thrive in their natural habitats and to retain their genetic diversity and potential for evolutionary development, and prevent additional species and ecological communities becoming threatened.
 
Partially achieved, ongoing effort required
1.8 Biological diversity and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
Recognise and ensure the continuity of the contribution of the ethnobiological knowledge of Australia's indigenous peoples to the conservation of Australia's biological diversity.
 
Not achieved
1.9 Ex-situ conservation
To complement in-situ measures, establish and maintain facilities for ex-situ research into and conservation of plants, animals and micro-organisms, particularly those identified by action taken in accordance with Objective 1.1.
 
Achieved
2 - Integrating biological diversity conservation and natural resource management
2.1 National integrated policies
Develop and implement national integrated policies for the ecologically sustainable use of biological resources.
 
Partially achieved
2.2 Agriculture and pastoralism
Achieve the conservation of biological diversity through the adoption of ecologically sustainable agricultural and pastoral management.
 
Not achieved
2.3 Fisheries
Achieve the conservation of biological diversity through the adoption of ecologically sustainable fisheries management practices.
 
Not achieved
2.4 Forestry
Achieve the conservation of biological diversity through the adoption of ecologically sustainable forestry management practices.
 
Achieved
2.5 Water
Manage water resources in accordance with biological diversity conservation objectives and to satisfy economic, social and community needs.
 
Partially achieved
2.6 Tourism and recreation
Achieve the conservation of biological diversity through the adoption of ecologically sustainable practices for tourism and recreation.
 
Partially achieved
2.7 Utilisation of wildlife
Achieve the conservation of biological diversity through the adoption of ecologically sustainable wildlife management practices.
 
Achieved
2.8 Access to genetic resources
Ensure that the social and economic benefits of the use of genetic material and products derived from Australia's biological diversity accrue to Australia.
 
Partially achieved
3 - Managing threatening processes
3.1 Threatening processes and activities
Monitor, regulate and minimise processes and categories of activities that have or are likely to have significant adverse impacts on the conservation of biological diversity and be able to respond appropriately to emergency situations.
 
Not achieved
3.2 Clearing of native vegetation
Ensure effective measures are in place to retain and manage native vegetation including controls on clearing.
 
Not achieved
3.3 Alien species and genetically modified organisms
Control the introduction and spread of alien species and genetically modified organisms and manage the deliberate spread of native species outside their historically natural range.
 
Partially achieved
3.4 Pollution control
Minimise and control the impacts of pollution on biological diversity.
 
Partially achieved
3.5 Fire
Reduce the adverse impacts of altered fire regimes on biological diversity.
 
Partially achieved
3.6 Impacts of climate change on biological diversity
Plan to minimise the potential impacts of human-induced climate change on biological diversity.
 
Not achieved
3.7 Rehabilitation
Repair and rehabilitate areas to restore their biological diversity.
 
Partially achieved
3.8 Environmental assessment
Ensure that the potential impacts of any projects, programs and policies on biological diversity are assessed and reflected in planning processes, with a view to minimising or avoiding such impacts.
 
Achieved
4 - Improving our knowledge
4.1 Knowledge and understanding
Provide the knowledge and understanding of Australia's biological diversity essential for its effective conservation and management.
 
Partially achieved
5 - Involving the community
5.1 Awareness and involvement
Increase public awareness of and involvement in the conservation of biological diversity.
 
Achieved
5.2 Formal education
Expand biological diversity studies in educational curricula
 
Achieved
6 - Australia's international role
6.1 International agreements
Support and encourage the development of and Australia's participation in international agreements for the conservation of biological diversity.
 
Achieved
6.2 Overseas activities
Seek to ensure that the activities of Australians outside Australia are consistent with the conservation of biological diversity.
 
Partially achieved
6.3 International cooperation
Ensure continued and effective international cooperation in the conservation of biological diversity, directly between governments or through relevant international governmental and non-government organisations.
 
Achieved