Building Nature's Safety Net 2011: The State of Protected Areas for Australia’s Ecosystems and Wildlife
This report details major conservation initiatives that have occurred since the last report, in which data was current to 2006, and highlights emerging issues.
A major enhancement on previous reports is the inclusion of ecosystem and threatened species gap analyses, and the reporting on Australia's protected area systems on both land and sea.
We define a minimum standard for an adequate, representative, and comprehensive reserve system by sampling ecosystem and species level diversity.
Using the latest protected area and national species and ecosystem spatial data, we quantify the gaps: those areas needing to move from the current reserve system to one which meets the minimum standard.
We also use data provided by various parks agencies, from responses to a questionnaire (Appendix) or as published by the agencies, to detail financial investments in protected areas, and estimate the investment levels needed to fill the documented gaps.
We also identify critical policy changes needed to more effectively fill the identified gaps.