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The importance of ecological processes for terrestrial biodiversity conservation in Tasmania - a review.


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McQuillan, PB and Watson, JE and Fitzgerald, NB and Leaman, DE and Obendorf, DL (2009) The importance of ecological processes for terrestrial biodiversity conservation in Tasmania - a review. Pacific Conservation Biology, 15. pp. 171-196. ISSN 1038-2097

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The continental island of Tasmania supports an extraordinary biota featuring ancient communities, high levels of
endemism and many species extinct on mainland Australia. However, more than 670 species are currently listed as
threatened, mainly due to changes in their habitat since European settlement. Although Tasmania has a relatively high
proportion of its land in reserves with some degree of representation for most vegetation types, habitat protection in
some bioregions is very low. In this paper we approach biodiversity assessment in Tasmania by (i) addressing critical,
natural ecological processes that underpin and sustain its biodiversity, (ii) assessing the current trends in, and threats
to, these processes, and (iii) identifying gaps in knowledge that limit the effective management of these processes for
conservation. It is hoped that this will contribute a sound basis for ongoing adaptive management for biodiversity
conservation in Tasmania and assist in re-focusing the purpose of the reserve network from representation to persistence
of the native biota.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Pacific Conservation Biology
Page Range: pp. 171-196
ISSN: 1038-2097
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2010 05:25
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2015 22:41
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