Victoria's Biodiversity


 
 
introduction | Foreword | what is biodiversity? | further information | the strategy 
our living wealth | sustaining our living wealth | directions in management

 
The hardcopy version of Victoria's Biodiversity Strategy, winner of a Silver Medal at the National Print Awards 1998, is available from the
NRE Information Centre, 8 Nicholson St, East Melbourne, 3002 for a cost of AUD $20 plus postage
Introduction 

The Victorian Government endorses this landmark strategy for the conservation of biodiversity in the state. The strategy represents a national benchmark for biodiversity conservation and management.

Victoriaís land area supports a wider range of broad ecosystems than any area of similar size in Australia which includes: the alps, mallee, grasslands, grassy woodlands, forests, heathlands, inland waters, wetlands and coasts. Its marine environment is no less diverse, including intertidal rocky shores, seagrass beds and beaches. Some of our biological assets (Leadbeaters Possum, a suite of orchids and theVolcanic Plains Grasslands) occur nowhere else in the world and must be conserved.

Our actions will greatly influence the quality of our childrenís lives, and the lives of generations to come. The Biodiversity Strategy will encourage Victorians to better understand and appreciate our rich and diverse flora and fauna and ecosystems, and to take an active part in their conservation and management for future generations. Individuals, community groups, industry, and government agencies all have a vital role to play. 
"Conserving this
diverse biological heritage
      is fundamental to our
quality of life and our
      economic well-being,
    both now and in the future."
 
 
 

  
The Strategy forms a key step in the Flora and Fauna Guarantee program. It shows how to achieve the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Actís objectives of conserving native species, communities and gene pools, preventing threats and encouraging community involvement.

T he Strategy will bring about better conservation in Victoria by: 
increasing the awareness of the need to conserve biodiversity
co-ordinated response within the bioregional networks
continuing the development of partnerships between the community, industry and government in the custodianship of our biodiversity
indicating the existing and proposed mechanisms for achieving the objectives of flora and fauna conservation and management in the context of ecological sustainability
detailing strategic frameworks to prevent further loss of habitat, and a focus for better management of existing habitats and the continuation of natural ecological processes
highlighting the habitats, major threatening processes and environments that require urgent attention. 
 

 
MAPS 
Broad Vegetation Types
(Estimated Coverage Pre-1750)
and Victorian Bioregions 

Victoria - medium resolution

Legend

Regional detail - High resolution GIF image
(1.5 Mb)

Regional detail - PDF image 
(3.5 Mb)

 
Broad Vegetation Types
(Coverage in 1987)
and Victorian Bioregions 

Victoria - medium resolution

Legend

Regional detail - High resolution GIF image
(1.5 Mb)

Regional detail - PDF image 
(4.2 Mb)

 
 
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