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Reserve Selection for Nature Conservation in South Australia: Past, Present and Future

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This paper re-examines the chronology of reserve selection in South Australia in the context of changing social, political and economic attitudes. The effect of these changing attitudes on reserve selection in South Australia is assessed in the light of the principles of a comprehensive, adequate and representative (CAR) National Reserve System. The outcome of reserve selection in South Australia is the establishment of a vast network of reserves in the arid regions and many fragmented and small reserves in the agricultural regions. It is likely that the remnant ecological system in the agricultural regions is not representative of the regional environmental diversity and that land clearance has precluded the establishment of a CAR reserve system in South Australia. The rate of reserve selection for nature conservation has decreased over the past decade as the opportunities for reserve acquisition decrease. It is concluded that large-scale and strategic revegetation will be required to facilitate a CAR reserve system in South Australia.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: GISCA — National Centre for Social Applications of GIS, University of Adelaide, Australia

Publication date: 2002-07-01

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