In this report

2016

This report describes the current pressures on biodiversity, and the state and trends of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and organisms in 2016. We describe how biodiversity is managed in 2016, how the adequacy of data and knowledge affects our capacity to manage biodiversity, and our lack of ability to measure the effectiveness of our investments in management.

We look at the resilience of biodiversity to key pressures and factors affecting the potential capacity of biodiversity to adapt to future changes. In Risks to biodiversity, we describe how current pressures may escalate and what emerging risks may impact biodiversity in the future. We conclude with an outlook for Australian biodiversity.

Mobo Creek (flowing in the early wet season) - the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, far north Queensland. Photo by David Westcott

Mobo Creek (flowing in the early wet season), Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, far north Queensland.

Photo by David Westcott

Cresswell ID, Murphy H (2016). Biodiversity: In this report. In: Australia state of the environment 2016, Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, Canberra, https://soe.environment.gov.au/theme/biodiversity/topic/2016/report, DOI 10.4226/94/58b65ac828812