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Terrestrial protected areas of Australia


Craigie, ID and Grech, A and Pressey, RL and Adams, VM and Hockings, M and Taylor, M and Barnes, M, Terrestrial protected areas of Australia, Austral Ark: The State of Wildlife in Australia and New Zealand, Cambridge University Press, A Stow, N Maclean, GI Holwell (ed), Singapore, pp. 560-851. ISBN 9781107033542 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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Australia has a long history of establishing protected areas and they are now the cornerstones of its national and regional conservation strategies, covering over 13% of the country. There are large regional variations in levels of coverage, with most large protected areas placed far from dense human populations and away from productive agricultural land. Most of the recent growth in coverage has been driven by Indigenous Protected Areas and private protected areas, a trend that is likely to increase in the future. It is difficult to say how effective protected areas are in conserving biodiversity due to shortcomings in monitoring and evaluation, but the data that exist show that biodiversity outcomes are variable and that management effectiveness could be substantially improved. Threats to the protected area system are currently increasing with strong government pressure to allow extractive industries, such as mining, logging and grazing, and damaging recreational uses such as hunting to occur on land that is currently protected. If this trend continues, the future holds a great deal of uncertainty for Australia’s protected areas.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:protected areas, ecology, wildlife
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Adams, VM (Dr Vanessa Adams)
ID Code:127222
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-07-18
Last Modified:2018-08-09

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