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Biodiversity

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Biodiversity

Science and Solutions for Australia

Edited by:
Steve Morton   CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
Andy Sheppard   CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
Mark Lonsdale   CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences


232 pages
Publisher: CSIRO


download PDF - June 2014
ISBN: 9781486302062
download    ePUB What is this? - June 2014
ISBN: 9781486302079
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Biodiversity: Science and Solutions for Australia aims to provide access to the latest scientific knowledge on Australia’s biodiversity in an engaging and clear format. The book describes the ancient origins and unique features of Australia’s species, as well as the current status of our biodiversity. It outlines tools for management and planning, highlights Indigenous perspectives on biodiversity, and looks at how Australia’s biodiversity interacts with agriculture, the resources sector, cities, and with our changing global environment. Importantly, it also shows that biodiversity is in the eye of the beholder: for some it is our life support system, for others it is a resource to be used, for others it is a precious cultural symbol.

The book is also available in electronic or digital format, featuring additional content including videos, case studies, and links to further information. The electronic version can also be downloaded free of charge from www.csiro.au/biodiversitybook

 
 

 Australians have stewardship of a beautiful, diverse and unique environment. We have long had a sense that the biodiversity of this country is special. Yet, despite our sense of its importance, in many parts of our country biodiversity is in trouble.

Given the economic, ecological and social importance of biodiversity to our nation, CSIRO has been conducting research into Australia's biodiversity for nearly 90 years. This research has not simply focused on quantifying the challenge, but also on identifying practical solutions for its sustainable management.

Biodiversity: Science and Solutions for Australia aims to provide access to the latest scientific knowledge on Australia’s biodiversity in an engaging and clear format. The book describes the ancient origins and unique features of Australia’s species, as well as the current status of our biodiversity. It outlines tools for management and planning, highlights Indigenous perspectives on biodiversity, and looks at how Australia’s biodiversity interacts with agriculture, the resources sector, cities, and with our changing global environment. Importantly, it also shows that biodiversity is in the eye of the beholder: for some it is our life support system, for others it is a resource to be used, for others it is a precious cultural symbol.

 

 
  • The eBook version will include the narrative developed for the book, embellished with animations, video interviews with key authors/researchers, visualisations of data where available and appropriate, and so on.
 

 Foreword
Megan Clark and Andrew Johnson

Acknowledgements

1: What is biodiversity and why is it important?
Steve Morton and Rosemary Hill

2: Australia’s biodiversity: major features
Leo Joseph, David K. Yeates, Joseph Miller, David Spratt, Daniel Gledhill and Alan Butler

3: Australia’s biodiversity: status and trends
David K. Yeates, Daniel J. Metcalfe, David A. Westcott and Alan Butler

4: Tools for managing and restoring biodiversity
Tara G. Martin, Josie Carwardine, Linda Broadhurst, Simon Ferrier, Craig James, Andy Sheppard, Stuart Whitten and Iadine Chades

5: Managing Australia’s protected areas
Andy Sheppard, Simon Ferrier and Josie Carwardine

6: Indigenous perspectives on biodiversity
Fiona Walsh, Peter Christophersen and Sandra McGregor

7: Farming, pastoralism and forestry
Sue McIntyre

8: Cities and towns
Mark Lonsdale and Richard Fuller

9: Seas and coasts
Alan Butler and Nicholas Bax

10: Inland waters
Carmel Pollino and Carol Couch

11: Mining and biodiversity
Alan Andersen, Garry Cook and Nicholas Bax

12: Conclusions
Steve Morton and Andy Sheppard

Glossary
Index

 

 Primary markets:
  • The general public interested in biodiversity science. This could include community members, school teachers, politicians and policy-makers, university and high school students. The audience for this biodiversity product maybe more like ‘Four Corners’ or the ‘Australian Story’ market. The product is not for the professional scientist.
  • There will be an overlap of audiences between the eBook and printed versions; however, the eBook version will be aimed at 18 to 35 year old, segments of the general public interested in information/education apps, and young users of mobile devices with an interest in biodiversity.
  • Secondary markets:
  • The primary audience for the printed book is selected high profile and/or influential members of the business, community, political and academic fraternity with some understanding of biodiversity research – targeting board chairs and leaders of key parts of federal, state and local governments, and universities. Secondary audiences include CSIRO partners and stakeholders, the education sector (secondary school teachers), media, the not-for-profit sector, general public.
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