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Biodiversity is in the eye of the beholder. For some it is our life support system, for others it is a resource to be used, for others it is a precious cultural symbol. Australians have long had a sense that our biodiversity is special, but despite our sense of its importance, in many parts of our country biodiversity is in trouble.

Understanding the economic, ecological and social importance of biodiversity to our nation, CSIRO has been conducting research into Australia's biodiversity for nearly 90 years. Biodiversity: Science and Solutions for Australia draws on this research, exploring the multiple values of biodiversity and identifying practical solutions for its sustainable management.


Biodiversity: Science and Solutions for Australia provides access to the latest scientific knowledge on Australia's biodiversity in an engaging and clear format. The book describes the ancient origins and unique features of Australia's species, as well as the current status of our biodiversity. It outlines tools for management and planning, highlights Indigenous perspectives on biodiversity and looks at how Australia's biodiversity interacts with agriculture, the resources sector, cities and our changing global environment.


This book is an accessible guide to inform readers about biodiversity science and underpin decisions for its sustainable management. It is an important resource for:

  • community groups
  • business leaders
  • non-government organisations
  • government members and policy makers
  • teachers
  • media
  • general public with an interest in Australia’s unique and beautiful biodiversity.

Download book and chapters

The book is available for download as a free eBook, featuring additional content including videos, case studies, and links to further information, as well as in PDF format:

Hard copies of Biodiversity: Science and Solutions for Australia are also available by contacting CSIRO Enquiries.

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