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Draft NSW Biodiversity Strategy 2010-2015: Formation Priorities

To maximise outcomes for biodiversity over such a large area like NSW, decisions on where to invest need to be made carefully. In response to this, the NSW Government developed a set of draft Priority Areas for investment in native vegetation management as part of the draft NSW Biodiversity Strategy 2010-2015. State scale priorities for investment are presented in the Priority Areas Map in Part A of the draft Strategy. The draft Strategy divides the ecosystems of NSW based on 15 formations described by Keith (2004), and all have been mapped with the exception of 'Arid Acacia Shrublands', 'Arid Chenopod Shrublands', 'Rivers', 'Marine Waters', 'Estuaries and Coastal Lakes' and 'Freshwater Wetlands'. Part B of the draft Strategy presents Priority Areas for each in a series of 15 'ecosystem profiles'. The prioritisation was undertaken using the Biodiversity Forecasting Toolkit (BFT) (NSW DEC 2006), a decision-support system developed by NSW DEC for evaluating biodiversity outcomes and for mapping biodiversity management priorities. Technical detail to support this statement can be obtained from: DECCW (2010) Deriving Priority Areas for Investment: A Technical Report to accompany the draft NSW Biodiversity Strategy This statement describes the data and processes used to produce two interim products to assist the public exhibition of the draft NSW Biodiversity Strategy (2010-15): 1) the derivation of proposed State scale priorities for investment in native vegetation management in NSW; and 2) description of those priorities according to the Keith (2010) vegetation classification. The proposed State scale priorities are described in detail in the draft NSW Biodiversity Strategy 2010-2015. The proposed priorities are subject to comment during public exhibition, and a final version will follow subject to review of comments received on the draft Strategy. The data identifies areas that are a priority for investment in management because they are generally: in moderate-to-good condition; well-connected with the surrounding landscape; part of a highly cleared, and/or degraded type of vegetation; and floristically distinct from other, well-conserved types of vegetation. In other words, priority areas are the best remaining examples of distinctive ecosystems that have been highly cleared or degraded across NSW. It is important to note that the data does not identify individual sites 'on-the-ground' and site assessment is required to confirm site values. The map should be viewed at a scale of 1:250,000.

The proposed State scale priorities are described in detail in the draft NSW Biodiversity Strategy 2010-2015. It had been planned that the proposed priorities were subject to comment during public exhibition, and a final version was to follow subject to review of comments received on the draft Strategy. The Strategy was never finalised. The Priority Areas were developed to inform the former CMAs (now LLS) Catchment Action Plans that identified priorities for NRM. LLS don’t do these Plans anymore. Several meetings were held with NPWS on how they could use the priorities to inform investment in rehab/reveg in NPWS reserves and how it related to an analysis that Andrew Steed had done with the NatureConservationTool - http://insite.environment.nsw.gov.au/Intranet%20Library/Pages/NatureConservationTool.aspx

This spatial data is in the format of Esri GRID in Lamberts Conic Conformal projection.

Data and Resources

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Data Type Raster
Alternative Title Priorities for Investment in Native Vegetation Management
Metadata Date 16/08/2010
Date Created 16/08/2010
Date Published 02/11/2010
Edition 01/01/2015
Purpose The proposed priorities are intended to be used by Catchment Management Authorities and other natural resource managers to identify landscapes with highest priority for investment to manage native vegetation where greatest biodiversity benefit can be obtained by improving condition. The mapping is intended to be viewed at 1:250,000 scale, and is not designed to be accurate beyond 100-1,000 m. For example, the mapping would require on ground validation and interpretation before it could be applied at property scales.
License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
Update Frequency There are no plans to update the data
Keywords ECOLOGY-Habitat
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Dataset extent

Equivalent Scale 500000
Geospatial Topic Biota
Language English
NSW Place Name NSW
Temporal Coverage From 01/01/2010
Datum GDA94 Geographic (Lat\Long)
Landing page https://datasets.seed.nsw.gov.au/dataset/nsw-biodiversity-strategy-2010-2015-formation-priorities-draft
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Attribution Department of Planning, Industry and Environment asserts the right to be attributed as author of the original material in the following manner: "© State Government of NSW and Department of Planning, Industry and Environment 2010"