Three reports are available:
- Biodiversity monitoring in the rangelands: A way
- Developing an analytical framework for monitoring
biodiversity in Australia's rangelands
- Biodiversity and Land Condition in Tropical Savanna
Biodiversity monitoring in the rangelands: A way forward
By Anita Smyth, Craig James and Grant Whiteman, CSIRO
Published Tropical Savannas CRC, 2003;
Hard copy ISBN: 0 9581014 1 8
Web copy ISBN: 0 9581014 5 0
This report aims to help people plan effective biodiversity
monitoring in the rangelands and is published by Environment
Australia and CSIRO SE. Biodiversity Monitoring in the
Rangelands: A Way Forward builds on the work done by the report
below ( Developing an Analytical Framework) that outlined
the issues involved and is based on a workshop held in Alice
Springs. The report:
- Brings together experts from all rangeland States and
- Considers and reviews recent, and most importantly, unpublished
research relevant to biodiversity monitoring in the rangelands
- Develops a common 'state-of-the-art' view and an understanding
of the complexity of biodiversity monitoring in the rangelands
- Develops a shared view on the most appropriate 'sufficient and
necessary' set of attributes and techniques for use now by
different clients to monitor changes in biodiversity
- Highlights the limitations of particular sets of attributes and
- Identifies interim guiding principles for rangeland
- Identifies knowledge gaps and research needs.
It is aimed largely at technical audience and regional level
groups. A future publication is planned that will serve the needs
to land users.
Free hard copies of the report can be obtained from the
Tropical Savannas CRC or Environment Australia. Alternatively, you
can download a pdf version of the report from the link
Also available are pdfs of commissioned papers that accompany
this report as a CD. You can also download the papers —Go to
the Commissioned Papers page at left.
Developing an analytical framework for monitoring biodiversity
in Australia's rangelands
By John Woinarski, Parks & Wildlife Commission of the
ISBN: 0 9 578489 9 4 485 pp.
* Hard copy versions are no longer available. However, the
report is available in a series of PDF documents on the
National Land and Water Resources Audit website, see Links box
This report into into biodiversity monitoring in the rangelands
was completed by a team of researchers from the TS-CRC, led by Dr
John Woinarski from the Parks & Wildlife Commission of the NT.
It was carried out under contract for the National Land and Water
Resources Audit (NLWRA).
The project developed a framework for monitoring biodiversity
across Australia's 49 rangeland bioregions and found that
biodiversity had been affected in all rangeland environments.
The report on the project, Developing an Analytical Framework
for Monitoring Biodiversity in Australia's Rangelands ,
summarises threatening processes that occur in the rangelands
including change in fire regimes, pastoralism, feral predators,
weeds, mining, hunting and harvesting native species, clearing,
horticulture, pesticides and climate change.
A monitoring strategy is set out in detail and includes the
establishment of a common reporting framework and integration of
analysis of monitoring results.
Biodiversity and Land Condition in Tropical
Savanna Rangelands (Summary Report)
By Alaric Fisher (Tropical Savannas CRC and NT Dept. of Natural
Resources, the Environment and the Arts) and Alex Kutt (Tropical
Savannas CRC and CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems)
Tropical Savannas CRC, 2006
This report brings together a number of research findings from
across north Australia on the question of whether measures of land
condition can also be used for measuring biodiversity condition.
The report finds that land condition is, by itself, too blunt an
instrument to adequately monitor biodiversity status in savanna
rangelands. Nevertheless, improvements in land condition across
rangeland landscapes are likely to have positive biodiversity
consequences. The report also lists 15 management guidelines for
retention of biodiversity in tropical savanna rangelands.
Only available as a pdf - downloadable from panel at top