Australian Collaborative Rangeland Information System: Reporting Change in the Rangelands
Department of the Environment and Heritage, July 2005
ISBN 0 6425 5183 9
About the report
This document reports change in the Gawler Bioregion for the Australian Collaborative Rangeland Information System (ACRIS). ACRIS is a coordinating mechanism that brings together rangeland information from Australian Government, state and Northern Territory (NT) agencies and other sources. It has a Management Committee comprising representatives of Australian, state and NT governments and a management unit co-located with the Desert Knowledge CRC (Cooperative Research Centre) in Alice Springs. When fully functional, ACRIS should allow monitoring and other information reporting change in the rangelands to be widely disseminated amongst rangeland managers, advisers, administrators and those formulating policy.
Reporting on change in the rangelands is an important, although difficult, task. It is important that the pastoral industry, other rangeland users and the various Australian and state governments monitor and understand change in the rangelands so that those involved can act quickly and effectively to maintain or improve ecological, economic and social values. If we are to promote internationally our improving management of the natural resource base, it is also vital to report on these values in a consistent and credible way.
The critical first stage for ACRIS has been testing the quality of available information and our capacity to combine it into a national picture. This has been done across five pilot regions with the Gawler Bioregion being the nominated region for South Australia (SA). The reporting period covers approximately 1992 to 2002.