Biodiversity is more than the sum of the different species that live in an area, as if it were some sort of stamp collection. Biodiversity includes all the species, plus all of the genetic variation between individuals, as well as their interactions with each other and with their surrounding environment. What has biodiversity got to do with us? It is responsible for putting the oxygen into the air that we breathe and for creating the soil that we farm. Something to think about – globally an increase of 5% in the area protected for non human nature would triple the biodiversity conservation effectiveness (Pollock et al., 2017. Nature).
Beyond Bolac Biodiversity Blueprint 2016 – 2021
The Beyond Bolac Catchment Action Group have developed a Biodiversity Blueprint (pdf) for the H11 H12 catchment which was funded by The Norman Wettenhall Foundation’s Landscape Restoration Project. The Biodiversity Blueprint provides a snapshot of the current health of the catchment, a strategic plan and project wish list for the group to work towards over the next 5 years as well as a series of biodiversity maps. The document will enable BBCAG to make decision on where to invest future funding and resources to achieve large scale, landscape restoration of the H11 H12 catchment area together with its many stakeholders.
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Biodiversity in the H11 H12 catchments
What is the range of iconic species that have been recorded in our catchments? The Atlas of Living Australiawebsite brings together information about the characteristics and status of different species, and the exact locations across Australia where they have been observed. It is a collaborative project which contains 67 million records. New sightings can be submitted by individuals who log in.