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Biodiversity Up Close

What is Biodiversity?

Victoria's Biodiversity Strategy (1997) states that 'biodiversity, or biological diversity is the variety of all living life-forms including plants, animals and micro-organisms, the genes they all contain, and the ecosystems of which they form a part'.

Biodiversity quite simply includes all living things in an ecosystem (including plants, animals and fungi), different types of ecosystems, and recognises the value of genetic differences. Biodiversity also includes people!

Why Measure Biodiversity in the School Ground and Beyond?

Understanding the quality and extent of biodiversity present in a given area is important for both land managers and the community. To effectively conserve and encourage biodiversity into areas you must first know the quality of what is there in the first place. In addition, approximately 66% of Victoria consists of private land. It is therefore important that biodiversity is protected not only within nature conservation reserves but also on these private lands.

While extensive work is undertaken on farms and within parks to conserve biodiversity, there is much that can be done within schools and backyards. We hope that this teaching and learning activities within this resource will enable you to understand the biodiversity present in your school ground and/or surrounding areas and then work to enhance this.

How to use the Biodiversity Up Close Audit Tool

This assessment tool is designed to support the Resource Smart Schools: Biodiversity Module of the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative - Victoria (AuSSI Vic) by providing a rigorous and easy to use tool to assess biodiversity.

It is intended that the Biodiversity Up Close tool will be used a number of times to provide snapshots of the state of biodiversity over time. It is hoped that this will support long term and short term improvements to be made.

There are two versions of Biodiversity Up Close audit tool. One for use in the school ground, the other for use in bushland areas.

To download either the school or the bushland booklet and associated Student Report Sheets complete your details in the appropriate form below:


Biodiversity Up Close - An audit of biodiversity in the school ground
Student Report Sheets (in Word and PDF format)

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Biodiversity Up Close - An audit of biodiversity in the school ground
Student Report Sheets (in Word and PDF format) CONDENSED VERSION

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Name: Biodiversity Up Close - School grounds - CONDENSED VERSION
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Biodiversity Up Close - An audit of biodiversity in bushland areas
Student Report Sheets (in Word and PDF format)

ALL FIELDS ARE REQUIRED TO BE FILLED

Name: Biodiversity Up Close - School grounds
Role:
School/Organisation:
Address:
Telephone Contact:
Email Address:
 
 
 
For more information please contact the LandLearn Team: landlearn.program@dpi.vic.gov.au - Ph. (03) 5482 0453
This document was reviewed 24 January, 2010