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Assessing and Managing Invasive Species within Protected Areas.

Invasive alien species (IAS) are non-indigenous plants, animals and microorganisms that have been deliberately or accidentally introduced to new areas beyond their native ranges, and which then spread beyond cultivation and human care to impact biodiversity. IAS can alter vital ecosystem processes such as fire, hydrology and nutrient cycling, kill, suppress, comete with or displace native species and communities, or alter gene pools through hybridization (Chornesky & Randall 2003)... Download.

Carbon and Biodiversity. UNEP, WCMC.

This atlas demonstrates the potential for spatial analyses to identify areas that are high in both carbon and biodiversity. Such areas will be of interest to countries that wish to produce greenhouse gas emissions from land use change and simultaneously conserve biodiversity » Download.





Ecological Risk Management Framework for the Irrigation Industry. Barry Hart, Mark Burgman, Angus Webb, Graeme Allison, Murray Chapman, Leo Duivenvoorden, Pat Feehan, Michael Grace, Mark Lund, Carmel Pollino, Jan Carey & Andrew McCrea, 2005.

This document outlines an ecological risk assessment framework for the Australian irrigation industry. The objective of the framework is to provide a robust process that will assist the irrigation industry to incorporate a transparent, scientific, precautionary and ecologically sustainable approach to its management of environmental risks. The framework is catchment-based and focuses on the difficult task of assessing the risks to multiple ecological assets from multiple hazards. This catchment-wide approach is needed since irrigation enterprises are normally only one of a number of human activities in the catchment (e.g. dryland grazing, forestry, urban, tourism) that can contribute to the degradation of environmental assets. The framework synthesises the methods required to achieve successful adaptive management of natural resources » Download.


Guidelines for planning and managing mountain protected areas. Hamilton, Lawrence S., ed. ; McMillan, Linda, ed., 2004.

Mountains are special places. For many they are sacred; to most they bring an uplifting of the spirit and refreshment; to all they bring water, and rich biodiversity. Many of them have received legislative recognition by designation as parks or reserves of various kinds, and it is for the planners and managers of this estate that this book has been written. Contained within are guidelines and recommendations, which hopefully will be the foundation for more specific guidelines to be developed at national and then protected area levels » Download.


A global overview of protected areas on the World Heritage list of particular importance for biodiversity. A contribution to the Global Theme Study of World Heritage Natural Sites. Smith, Gemma ; Jakubowska, Janina ; May, Ian, 2000.

This working paper provides a global overview of the current coverage of existing World Heritage Sites of particular importance for the conservation of biodiversity, and suggests existing protected areas of significant biodiversity value, which may merit future World Heritage nomination.

In 1996, IUCN initiated a project to prepare a global strategy for Natural World Heritage sites, and as part of this process began to prepare a series of thematic global overviews on World Heritage site coverage. This document is an updated addition to these theme studies » Download.


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