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A better national picture of native vegetation

Press Release: 20 March 2006

Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Peter McGauran, Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell 

Australia has a new national snapshot of its native vegetation. 

The National Vegetation Information System (NVIS) is a comprehensive database containing detailed and accurate information on Australia’s native vegetation. It brings together vegetation information from State and Territory governments, and other sources.

The new vegetation information system was announced today by the Australian Government Ministers for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, and Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Peter McGauran.

The Ministers also announced the Australian Government would provide a further $3.9 million over 2006-07 and 2007-08 to continue its investment in vegetation and forestry information, including further development of the NVIS. 

Of this funding, a critical sum of more than $300,000 would go directly into working with the States and Territories on new vegetation infrastructure and products.  

Mr McGauran said the new NVIS addressed the needs of natural resource managers and researchers for better access to information on Australia’s native vegetation.

“The information will help people, such as land holders and catchment managers, to work towards biodiversity conservation and sustainable production in rural areas,” he said.

“It will help regional planners set targets for improved management of native vegetation on their land.”

Senator Campbell said, by providing better information and better science, Australia was paving the way for improved environmental decision-making and future environmental results.

The NVIS shows how the Australian and State governments are working together to meet the needs of natural resource management decision makers — land holders, catchment management authorities and all tiers of government,” he said.

A summary of the information on the NVIS database is http://www.maff.gov.au/releases/06/nvis.pdf

Further details and products from the National Vegetation Information System can be accessed online at 

http://www.deh.gov.au/erin/nvis">www.deh.gov.au/erin/nvis

More information on Australia’s vegetation can be found at http://www.daff.gov.au/forest_veg

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