The Center for Innovative Conservation Strategies (CICS
), realizing the necessity for cost-efficient biodiversity surveys that can be used for long-term ecological studies has been investigating biodiversity survey methods since its inception and has found that, although some of the current systems are adequate for some taxa, or particular questions, most are not adequate for the needs of most users (conservation planning, environmental impact assessment, bioprospecting, monitoring of harvesting, among others).
This conclusion is supported by recent studies by University of Queensland Researchers (Lawson et al. 20051). The only system currently available that can provide the information required by the majority of stakeholders is that of the PPBio.
For this reason, the Center is developing PPBio – Australasia
: a consortia of universities, councils, federal agencies and landholders to implement PPBio grids in eastern Australia. The need for an efficient system is felt by most managers, and initial meetings in 2005 attracted over 50 land managers from local, state and federal agencies as well as individual landholders. It is planned to have at least one PPBio grid established in SE Queeensland in 2006. Researchers or managers interested in forming new consortia, or participating existing consortia of the PPBio Australia can contact Dr Prof. Jean-Marc Hero
) for further information.
Centre for Innovative Conservation Strategies
School of Environmental and Applied Sciences
Griffith University Gold Coast
PMB 50, Gold Coast Mail Centre
Qld 9726 Australia
1Lawson, B. E., Wardell-Johnson, G., Beeton, R. J. S. & Pullar, D. 2005. A hierarchical framework for multi-purpose ecological datasets. Programme and Abstracts: Ecological Society of Australia Brisbane 2005:109.