Journal article

Measure it to better manage it: a biodiversity monitoring framework for the Australian rangelands

Teresa J Eyre, Alaric Fisher, Leigh P Hunt, Alex S Kutt

The Rangeland Journal | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2011

Abstract

The need for broad-scale, long-term biodiversity monitoring to support evidence-based policy and management in the Australian rangelands is clear and pressing but, despite protracted discussion of this need, there has been little progress towards implementation. To prompt real progress, we propose a framework of spatially hierarchical and complementary components that together use a combination of direct and indirect measures of biodiversity and drivers: • Targeted monitoring; involving localised field-based monitoring of target species, addressing specific management questions. • Surveillance monitoring; involving broad-scale, field-based sampling of multi-taxa and a set of habitat and cond..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by the Australian Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts and facilitated through the ACRIS-MC. We appreciate the support and enthusiasm of the ACRIS-MC for the development and implementation of a biodiversity monitoring program in the Australian rangelands. Special thanks to Gary Bastin, Paul Novelly, Ian Watson and Craig James for sharing their valuable insights regarding the proposed design. Thanks to John Lumb and Jenny Boshier for administrative support. Martin Andrew, Alec Holm, Gary Bastin, John Ludwig, John Neldner and John Woinarski are each warmly thanked for their comments on earlier versions of this manuscript.