Australia's rangelands 2008 - At a glance
Australian Collaborative Rangeland Information System
NOTE: This booklet includes a CD Rangelands 2008 — Taking the pulse in the back pocket.
The CD contains Rangelands 2008 - Taking the pulse and its supporting reports.
This summary presents the key findings and management implications from the report Rangelands 2008 - Taking the Pulse produced from the Australian Collaborative Rangelands Information System (ACRIS). The reporting period is 1992 to 2005.
Purpose of reporting
Change is part of life, but its pace appears to be increasing. It is difficult to manage change for the most desirable outcomes unless we have good data on where and how change is occurring. Monitoring programs are generally used to provide data to assess change over time. Governments at all levels need to periodically evaluate the effectiveness of policies and programs that affect the use and management of the rangelands. Rangelands 2008 — Taking the pulse assists these state, national and also international reporting and review requirements by synthesising results across jurisdictions, but retaining regional resolution where appropriate.
Much of the data for reporting come from pastoral monitoring programs operated by natural resource management agencies in Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory. These data are suitable for reporting change in environmental conditions related to grazing. Other data from a combination of Australian Government and state agency sources allow broader reporting of environmental and socio-economic change.
This booklet summarises the following areas:
- Introduction to the Australian rangelands
- Description of change in elements of the environment related to sustainable grazing management (landscape function and long-term forage supply) and biodiversity
- Change in pastoral land values, as an example of socio-economic change
- The use of this information by groups with responsibility for managing the rangelands' natural resources
Community Information Unit
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Phone: 1800 803 772