Conserving Australia: Australia’s national parks, conservation reserves and marine protected areas

Conserving Australia: Australia’s national parks, conservation reserves and marine protected areas

12 April 2007

© Commonwealth of Australia 2007
ISBN 978-0-642-71785-6

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Committee membership (PDF 173KB)
Recommendations (PDF 133KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 124KB)
Executive summary (PDF 125KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 1739KB)

Terms of reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Terminology used in this report

Chapter 2 - Values and objectives of the conservation estate (PDF 1137KB)

Contemporary conservation values
Diverse values, diverse conservation objectives?
Indigenous people and the conservation estate
Discussion about objectives

Chapter 3 - The terrestrial reserve system (PDF 227KB)

Commonwealth reserves
State and territory reserves
World Heritage Areas
National Heritage List
Conservation objectives beyond the public conservation estate
Planning for the future of the reserve system

Chapter 4 - Protecting the marine environment (PDF 536KB)

Managing the marine environment
Marine protected areas
A National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Chapter 5 - Threats to the reserve system - fire (PDF 1674KB)


Chapter 6 - Threats to the reserve system - feral animals and weeds (PDF 918KB)

Invasive species

Chapter 7 - Other threats to the reserve system (PDF 275KB)

Climate change
Land clearing
Neighbours’ management practices

Chapter 8 - Threats to the marine reserve system (PDF 170KB)

Invasive marine pests
Natural events

Chapter 9 - Effective planning for conservation (PDF 301KB)

A whole of landscape approach
Management plans and planning processes
Co-ordination between stakeholders and conservation across tenures
Public consultation
Indigenous Protected Areas

Chapter 10 - Responding to the management challenge (PDF 1340KB)

Managing for a range of uses
Development of tourist infrastructure
Staffing - the over-arching issue
Maintaining public support for parks
Pastoralists and management practices

Chapter 11 - Private conservation - a valuable contribution (PDF 263KB)

The role of private conservation
Where private and public conservation meet
Government programs for encouraging private conservation

Chapter 12 - Funding (PDF 362KB)

Funding - terrestrial
Funding - marine
Funding - states and territories
Comparison between jurisdictions
Adequacy of resourcing levels
NRS funding - issues
Funding of World Heritage Areas
Delineation of funding roles between governments
User pays

Minority report of Labor senators (PDF 278KB)

The Terrestrial Reserve System
Protecting the Marine Environment
Threats to the Reserve System
Threats to the marine reserve system
Private conservation
National Reserve System

Minority report of the Australian Greens (PDF 217KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions (PDF 128KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings (PDF 134KB)
Appendix 3 - Tabled documents, additional information and answers to questions taken on notice (PDF 138KB)

Tabled Documents
Additional Information
Answers to Questions taken on Notice

Appendix 4 - Australian terrestrial protected areas by IUCN management category (PDF 89KB)
Appendix 5 - Marine and external terrestrial protected areas by IUCN management category (PDF 91KB)
Appendix 6 - Summary of terrestrial protected areas in Australia by type (PDF 99KB)
Appendix 7 - Terrestrial protected areas - IBRA boundaries (PDF 844KB)
Appendix 8 - Securing our fishing future package (PDF 147KB)
Appendix 9 - The list of weeds of national significance (PDF 127KB)
Appendix 10 - Funding for terrestrial and marine reserves (PDF 137KB)
Appendix 11 - Site inspections (PDF 115KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment, Communications and the Arts
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526
Fax: +61 2 6277 5818