Prepared by the National Reserve System Task Group convened under the Natural Resource Policies and Program Committee 2009
About the document
The next 20 years will be a critical period for biodiversity conservation in Australia.
The release of the National Reserve System Strategy 2009-2030 is an important step towards long-term protection of Australia's biodiversity.
The strategy will fully guide the work on the National Reserve System in the years ahead.
Each state and territory will now prepare a five-year plan to implement the strategy.
These plans will support the strategy and reflect the regional differences in conserving biodiversity across the landscape and the conservation challenges they pose.
Australia's National Reserve System is the cornerstone to protecting our country's biodiversity - it is our nation's most secure way of protecting native habitat.
The National Reserve System protects 19.74 per cent of Australia - protecting our fragile ecosystems which underpin the health of our land, our standard of living and our national identity.
Parks and reserves in the National Reserve System provide local jobs and boost the economy through tourism while delivering social and health benefits to communities.