National Reserve System Programme - 2006 Evaluation
Commonwealth of Australia 2006
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About the Evaluation
This independent evaluation, by the former Director-General of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Mr Brian Gilligan, has hailed the Australian Government's National Reserve System Programme as a flagship in biodiversity conservation.
The National Reserve System Programme was set up in 1997 as part of the $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust, to accelerate the protection of Australia 's landscapes, flora and fauna for future generations.
The Australian Government has invested more than $80 million to build the National Reserve System, adding more than 20 million hectares to the nation's protected land areas.
This independent report recognises the cost effectiveness of this investment. The Australian Government's $80 million has generated another $90 million from state and territory governments, conservation groups and private landholders to purchase properties with threatened species and rare ecosystems.
--> In 2006, the former Director General of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Mr Brian Gilligan carried out an independent evaluation of the National Reserve System program.
Members of the public and interested parties were invited to provide their views.
This independent evaluation hailed the National Reserve System program as a flagship in biodiversity conservation, improving conservation in 50 of Australia's 85 bioregions.
The report recognised the cost effectiveness of this investment, with every dollar of investment from the Australian Government leveraging at least another dollar from state and territory governments, conservation groups or private landholders to purchase properties with threatened species and rare landscapes. The cost to the Australian taxpayer averaged only $10.61 per hectare.
The Gilligan report found that the National Reserve System program is based on good science, targeting ecosystems that are poorly protected, and building strong partnerships. It praised the program for effectively raising the awareness and capacity of governments and non-government organisations to achieve enduring conservation results on the ground.
The report also offered recommendations on how the program might be enhanced to deliver greater conservation, economic, cultural and social benefits.