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      Biosphere Reserve Information



  Brief description   The core area includes three former agricultural properties. These areas all have major flora and fauna conservation value and include sites of indigenous and paleontological significance. In addition, a nature reserve has been included in the core area. The buffer zone includes the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens, Mildura Wastewater Lagoon and as well as two agricultural properties, the owners of which have indicated a desire to transfer the land to the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens or Barkindji Biosphere Ltd in the foreseeable future for conservation, research and education purposes. The industries, which operate within the transition area, have demonstrated a willingness to work towards the relevant environment standards. These businesses include salt mining, tourism, sand mining, wineries, citrus growing and grazing properties.

Monitoring of climate, hydrology and geomorphology; preparation of maps. Landscape scale community based conservation planning process; Inventorying of floral and faunal species; Monitoring of birds, bats and native animals within the area. Monitoring of economic data related to tourism; Monitoring of data provided by different government agencies for planning service delivery and development.The research and monitoring functions are based on a partnership approach with Trust for Nature taking a lead in the monitoring and La Trobe University taking the lead in the research program. La Trobe University has prepared an overview of the proposed research program, which focuses on habitat protection and sustainable land use.
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Abiotic factors, climate, drought, erosion, geology, geomorphology, groundwater, habitat, hydrology, monitoring/methodologies, siltation/sedimentation, soil, topography.
  Biodiversity   Afforestation/Reforestation, alien/invasive/exotic/introduced species, amphibians, arid/semi-arid, biodiversity, biogeography, biology, birds, conservation, degraded areas, desertification, dune systems, ecology, ecosystem assessment, ecosystem functioning/ecosystem structure, endemic species, evolutionary studies/palaeoecology/evolution, fauna, fires/fire ecology, fishes, flora, forest systems, freshwater/inland water, invertebrates/insects/spiders, mammals, monitoring/methodologies, natural medicinal products, pests/diseases, plants, rare/endangered/threatened species, reptiles, species inventorying/inventory.
  Socio-economic   Monitoring methodologies, tourism.
  Integrated monitoring   Landscape inventorying/monitoring, management issues, mapping, monitoring/methodologies, planning and zoning measures/zonation, sustainable development/sustainable use.

Last updated: 06/04/2006

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