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Sydney is one of the most biodiversity regions within Australia. Over 950 native plants and animals are on the threaten species act and 40 animals and 41 plants are assumed extinct. As Sydney’s population is growing so is the rate of extinction of native species. This presentations offer solution to the problems of biodiversity. E.g. establishing corridors /connecting habitat/ecosystems and government led solutions.

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    1. 1. bio diversity Australian Museum 2007
    2. 2. <ul><li>Australia is one of only 17 countries recognised as </li></ul><ul><li>“ mega-diverse” </li></ul>BIODIVERSITY Sydney is the 5 th most bio-diverse region in Australia....but there are 267 species listed as threatened in Sydney Australian Govt, Dept of the Environment and Water Resources 2007
    3. 3. 90% of native and riparian vegetation has been cleared since 1788 SYDNEY: 2007 Wikipedia 2007 Widespread habitat destruction fragmentation landscape degradation
    4. 4. More than 950 native plants and animals are threatened in NSW 24 marsupials threatened in NSW (such as Koalas, Wallabies, Pygmy-Possums, Hairy-nosed Wombats) – represent Australian Identity on international level. 37 ecological communities, 96 animal species, 50 plant species and 9 fungi species threatened in Sydney Metro CMA STATE OF SPECIES DIVERSITY Dept of Government & Climate Change NSW 2007 www.
    5. 5. Australian Conservation Foundation 2007 EXTINCT BIODIVERSITY EXTINCTION 40 animal and 41 plant species are listed as presumed extinct
    6. 6. Pagiola et al, October 2004 The World Bank Environment Department Environment Department Paper No.101, Assessing the Economic Value of Ecosystem Conservation VALUE OF BIODIVERSITY Australian National Identity + Kenefick B 2006 Global community includes international tourists/visitors
    7. 7. Domestic + international tourism = 24.2 % of total GDP, or $37.6 billion TOURISM: Sydney is the Gateway to Australia Australian Government – Tourism Australia 2007 Warren Adrian 2007
    8. 8. $20.5 billion International visitors bring in … representing 10.5 % of Australia’s total exports of goods and services TOURISM Australian Government – Tourism Australia 2007
    9. 9. Half of their favorite activities are biodiversity-dependent TOURISM ACTIVITIES Australian Government – Tourism Australia 2007
    10. 10. The tourism industry employed 464,500 persons in 2005-06, approximately 5% of total Australian employment TOURISM EMPLOYMENT Australian Government – Tourism Australia 2007 Eco Point
    11. 11. Biodiversity: extinct, endangered and vulnerable species EXTINCTION VS POPULATION GROWTH RATES: Australian Bureau of Statistics 2007 Peter McDonald 2007 Population growth 20007 Golden Bandicoot – presumed extinct in NSW+Sydney Grevillea nematophylla
    12. 12. <ul><li>If current trends continue, biodiversity will be considerably diminished by 2030: </li></ul><ul><li>human-caused event </li></ul><ul><li>transformation of the landscape </li></ul><ul><li>overexploitation of species </li></ul><ul><li>pollution </li></ul><ul><li>the introduction of alien species </li></ul><ul><li>the first recorded global extinction event that has a </li></ul><ul><li>biotic, rather than a physical, cause </li></ul>THE 6 TH MASS EXTINCTION Eldredge N, 2007, American Institute of Biological Sciences FATE 2006
    13. 13. Diminish fragmentation by establishing corridors/networks connecting habitat/ecosystems Mitigate climate change impacts with north-south connections, facilitating wildlife movement and plant re-establishment Australian natives only — animal/plant SOLUTIONS
    14. 14. FEDERAL - Tax abatements, rebates for protecting land - Purchase of development rights STATE - Strict enforcement and penalties authorities for damage to biodiversity - Moratorium on greenfield development - Measures to mitigate barrier effect of roadways LOCAL Residential/private initiatives: - No exotic nursery stock; - No exotic plants or animals SOLUTIONS
    15. 15. GOVERNMENT SOLUTION “ The Alps to Atherton wildlife corridor, including much of the Great Dividing Range mountains, spans a 2800km stretch of Eastern Australia.” NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service 2007
    16. 16. Proposed Wildlife Corridors by Sydney Metro Strategy Proposed Wildlife Corridors
    17. 17. <ul><li>Biodiversity has unquestion able value , economic & intrinsic </li></ul><ul><li>Sydney – bio diverse region </li></ul><ul><li>Provide connected network of h abitats, especially N-S </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate with larger federal pla n </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain and increase biodivers ity </li></ul><ul><li>Mitigate the impacts of climate change and global warming </li></ul><ul><li>Increase resilience of Sydney an d its inhabitants to adverse climatic crises </li></ul><ul><li>Livability of Sydney </li></ul>CONCLUSION