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Title: Australia


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Australias Virtual Herbarium
  • Unlocking Australias
  • plant biodiversity Information

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  • Australias biodiversity is at risk from
    inappropriate land management practices and
    historical ignorance of the implications.
  • We know a lot about what not to do, but
    redressing the damage, and managing better for
    the future, requires sound information about our
    biodiversity - what was here, and where it lived.

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  • Information on plant identity and location is
    derived from herbarium specimen records.
  • These records are the building blocks for plant
    taxonomy and classification.

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  • Australias Virtual Herbarium will provide access
    to the combined information on each individual
    herbarium specimen in Australias major herbaria.

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Access is being made progressively available on
the Internet.
  • The internet will provide quicker and easier
    access and use, and wider availability.

The AVH is unique and a world first
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The AVH is a collaborative project of the State,
Commonwealth and Territory herbaria.It is being
developed under the auspices of the Council of
Heads of Australian Herbaria (CHAH),
representing the major Australian herbarium
collections.Each herbarium retains
custodianship and is responsible for management
of its own data as part of the national
distributed database.
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Contribution of specimen data by major herbarium
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  • Applications and benefits include
  • easy and quick access to authoritative plant
    information
  • mapping geographic distribution of plants
  • location and mapping of rare and threatened
    species
  • historical and baseline information for
    revegetation programs
  • assist with selection of suitable and adequate
    conservation reserves
  • better informed environmental planning

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  • Potential users include
  • farmers
  • Landcare groups
  • revegetation groups
  • Greening Australia
  • natural resource managers
  • government agencies
  • local government
  • indigenous communities
  • schools and educational institutions
  • mining industry

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  • Case Study

In 1999, the Harden Murrumburrah Landcare Group
approached the Australian National Herbarium for
help with revegetating their land with the
original native plants of the region.
1907
With only 2.8 percent of the original native
vegetation remaining from widespread landclearing
in the Harden Shire, landholders had to largely
guess what once grew there.
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  • Herbarium records were searched to compile a list
    of all the plants collected from the Harden
    region since 1770.
  • The records also provided information on soils
    and associated species. Local landholders and
    those with specialised knowledge then added to
    this pool of data, eg how to propagate and where
    to plant them.
  • This data is available through the web to the
    Landcare group to plan their revegetation work.

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  • A critical first step in building the AVH is to
    capture and load the information contained in
    Australias six million herbarium specimens in a
    standard format within the next five years

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The databasing task - 3.3 million specimens
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This task is calculated to cost 10 million.
  • Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments
    agreed in 2001 to contribute 7,830,000 on the
    basis that a further 2,000,000 would be raised
    from the private sector over the next five years
    to complete the project.

The AVH Trust was established in late 2001 to
coordinate the fund raising for this project.
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The AVH Trust is registered and donations are
tax-deductible.
Environment Australia is acting as the agent for
receipt and disbursement of funds, both
Commonwealth and private sector, to the
individual herbaria on advice and agreement from
CHAH.
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Supporting the AVH Trust offers the opportunity
to participate in
  • a collaborative national project supported by the
    Commonwealth, State and Territory governments and
    involving many of Australias leading scientific
    institutions
  • an ethical and green initiative
  • internationally innovative technology - a
    world-first
  • encouraging discovery and understanding of the
    plant world
  • unlocking Australias plant biodiversity
    information for all users

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Private financial supporters will be acknowledged
appropriately on the AVH website and in any other
promotional or educational material about the
AVH.
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  • Trustees
  • Peter Cochrane, Director of National Parks,
    Environment Australia (Chair)
  • Margaret Ross, Chair John T Reid Charitable Trust
  • Ian Blackburne, Chair Royal Botanic Gardens
    Sydney Trust
  • Allan Holmes, Chief Executive, Department for
    Environment and Heritage, South Australia
  • Executive Officer Helen Halliday, Environment
    Australia

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  • Herbaria associated with the AVH are located in
    every capital city of Australia.To arrange an
    inspection to discover more about their relevance
    to conservation and land management please
    contact the relevant Director
  • Phone
  • 08 8222 9326
  • 07 3896 9325
  • 02 6246 5113
  • 08 8922 0809
  • 03 6226 2635
  • 03 9252 2300
  • 08 9334 0500
  • 02 9231 8113

City Adelaide Brisbane Canberra Darwin Hobart Melb
ourne Perth Sydney
Director Dr Laurie Haegi Dr Gordon Guymer Dr Judy
West Dr Greg Leach Dr Gintaras Kantvilas Professor
Jim Ross Dr Neville Marchant Dr Tim Entwisle
Email haegi.laurie_at_saugov.sa.gov.au gordon.guymer_at_
env.qld.gov.au judy.west_at_csiro.au greg.leach_at_nt.go
v.au gkantvilas_at_tmag.tas.gov.au jim.ross_at_rbg.vic.g
ov.au nevillem_at_calm.wa.gov.au tim.entwisle_at_rbgsyd.
nsw.gov.au
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Australias Virtual Herbarium
  • Unlocking Australias
  • plant biodiversity Information
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