Biotools

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NQ Dry Tropics (lead agency) together with Southern Gulf Catchments, Northern Gulf Resource Management Group, Terrain NRM, and Desert Channels Queensland partnered with CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems in 2009 to implement the Regional Competitive Fund “BioTools” project. The project developed a biodiversity management and condition assessment toolkit complementary to grazing land management systems. The project provided biodiversity toolkit workshops and training to enable stakeholders and graziers to understand how to manage land for biodiversity. The aim of the project was to also provide a toolkit that would enable graziers to become self sufficient in assessing biodiversity condition. The project provided customised manuals, power point presentations, and text aids for each region involved in the project.

The aim of this material was to provide a greater understanding of grazing management practices which impact either positively or negatively on biodiversity conservation, and build on NQ Dry Tropics substantial investments in grazing land management.

This project had three key objectives:

  1. to develop and test through a series of case studies a biodiversity management and condition assessment toolkit complementary to grazing land management systems;
  2. to develop a set of biodiversity management and monitoring manuals and accompanying training modules and presentation to complement programs such as the GLM framework in Queensland; and
  3. to provide biodiversity toolkit workshops and training so NRM project officers and stakeholders (e.g. graziers) will understand how to manage land for biodiversity and the concepts behind assessing biodiversity condition.

Ten case study surveys across five bioregions were undertaken to collect information with respect to the varying effect of grazing land management on biodiversity patterns, and to test the condition assessment framework. A bioregional manual was created for each of the following bioregions:

Each of these manuals consists of the following contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Geology of the region
  3. Vegetation of the region
  4. Fauna and habitat of the region
  5. Benefits provided by healthy country
  6. Managing factors that affect biodiversity
  7. Assessing healthy country for biodiversity
  8. Further information and references

Reports

Biotools Workshop at Trafalgar Station © NQ Dry Tropics 2009
Biotools Workshop at Trafalgar Station 2009 © NQ Dry Tropics

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