Case study applications of a draft framework for assessing the biodiversity benefits of vegetation enhancement activities
David Freudenberger and Judith Harvey - CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems
Department of the Environment and Heritage and the Biodiversity Benefits Task Group, 2003
- Case study applications of a draft framework for assessing the biodiversity benefits of vegetation enhancement activities - Full report (PDF - 4,804 KB)
- Summary and introduction (PDF - 178 KB)
- Methods (PDF - 1,941 KB)
- Results - Steps 1 and 2 (PDF - 192 KB)
- Results - Steps 3 and 4 (PDF - 192 KB)
- Discussion, recommendations, acknowledgements and references (PDF - 249 KB)
About the report
The Land, Water and Biodiversity Committee under the Natural Resources Management Ministerial Council convened a Biodiversity Benefits Task Group to conduct:
"An assessment of the biodiversity benefits of revegetation, and vegetation rehabilitation and protection programs, and an analysis of the most effective program interventions".
Australian Government's Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH) provides the secretariat for this Task Group and engaged CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems to draft a framework to assess the biodiversity benefits of a wide range of vegetation enhancement activities. This draft assessment framework was presented in a discussion paper (Freudenberger and Harvey 2003). This paper presented a range of insights and recommendations gained from a broad survey of nearly 50 NHT funded projects. A separate report (Harvey and Freudenberger 2003) examined the positive relationship between Commonwealth NRM funding through programs like the NHT and levels of landscape stress as identified by the Land & Water Resources Audit (2001).
DEH contracted CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems to develop a third report to apply the draft assessment framework to at least six individual case study projects and through this process, test and refine the assessment framework. This third report provides:
- The results of applying the assessment framework to seven case study projects in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia;
- A revised assessment framework suitable for developing monitoring and evaluation procedures for past and current projects, as well as a framework for improved planning and targeting of new projects (Appendix 1);
- Recommendations for implementing the assessment framework.