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The Conversation: Biodiversity

This resource contains a series of explanatory articles about biodiversity, its role in ecological conservation, key issues, and new research. It can be used to develop a broad understanding of biodiversity, its importance and impact.

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Aquatic biodiversity and nutrition

This is 10:33-minute video about the crucial importance of aquatic plants and animals from rice-based ecosystems in the diet of Lao people. It shows how a variety of organisms are caught or harvested in the rice fields and nearby water bodies and identifies that 92 species are used for food in rice-growing areas with fish ...

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Biodiversity: protecting the environment

This study guide examines the complexity and importance of maintaining a vibrant and healthy farming environment including management of the biodiversity that pasture, livestock and natural fauna and flora. A range of articles and activities explore the challenges and opportunities that cattle and sheep farmers are embracing ...

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Slow food USA: biodiversity

This is a video and web page about the importance of preserving biodiversity, with a particular focus on the issues associated with the industrialised food system. The video includes information about evolution; the extinction of species of animals and plants; the environmental problems humans have created; the importance ...

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Activity: biodiversity is more than the sum

This is a web resource that provides a teacher guide for student activities about biodiversity. The teacher guide provides lesson plans for the activities involving research, presentation of findings and peer assessment, and includes background information about biodiversity as well as a list of suggested research topics. ...

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Biodiversity - sustaining living things - unit of work

This unit of work is designed to help students investigate the biodiversity of a chosen site in their local area (eg school grounds, wetlands, woodlands). Then, with the knowledge that human actions affect wildlife, they develop an action plan to increase the biodiversity in their local community.

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Sustainability action process: Biodiversity (Years 3–6)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on biodiversity using the five step sustainability action process. The resource supports the investigation of a real-world issue or problem. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and reflect ...

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Sustainability action process: Biodiversity (Years 7–10)

This resource guides students through an extended school-based or local investigation focussed on biodiversity using the five-step sustainability action process. The resource supports the investigation of a real-world issue or problem. Students develop and implement a chosen sustainability action and then evaluate and reflect ...

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Biodiversity and farming for a healthy planet

This is a digital resource containing information and resources, such as printable games, that relate to biodiversity and farming, and how food and materials can be produced while protecting the Earth's natural resources. It includes an extensive glossary of important terms, and external links to teacher and student resources ...

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Biodiversity study: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

This Connected Learning Experience is designed to support the implementation of a comparative study of two sites within a local school environment. The investigation explores how the physical conditions of an environment affects the biodiversity and the growth and survival of living things within this context. This CLE ...

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Biodiversity and the Great Barrier Reef teacher resource booklet

This is a teaching and learning resource that contains over 40 pages of student resources and a number of teacher resources about the biology, chemistry and environmental pressures of coral reef and marine ecosystems. The student resources include worksheets, investigations and structured discussions on a range of topics, ...

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Biodiversity of the Western Volcanic Plains Flora and Fauna Field Guide - iTunes app

View descriptions of the flora and fauna of Victoria's western volcanic plains region including details about physical features, habitat, diet, reproduction and taxonomic classification together with images and distribution maps. Plant and animals are grouped by broad categories such as mammals, reptiles, birds, fern, shrub ...

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Eco farm

Take on the role of farm manager. Discover the different habitats and communities found on farmland. Make decisions about the management of four areas on the farm (cropped and grazed paddocks, woodland remnants, dams and creeks) to increase profits while improving biodiversity. For example, you can choose to leave paddock ...

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Great Barrier Reef

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef and the richest natural ecosystem in the world. But the biodiverse, fragile reef is under threat from human activity.

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Management of the northern savanna

Around the world, tropical savannas are in serious trouble. This clip from 2007 explores the use of Aboriginal technology for sustainable management of the environment in Australia's huge northern tropical savanna. Hear from two environmental scientists why traditional fire-management practices may reduce the incidence ...

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Rainforest fruit power

This ABC In Depth feature article discusses human potential use rainforest fruit-bearing plants and the need to maintain biodiversity. Many biotic interactions that effect reproduction and dispersal are described. Issues about using seed banks to try to maintain biodiversity are discussed.

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Ocean change affects symbiotic relationship

Polyps are the miniature architects of coral reefs. Find out about the relationship between polyps and an alga, Zooxanthellae. How does each benefit and what causes the coral to eject the Zooxanthellae with often devastating results? View the clip to find out.

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Cambrian fossils on Kangaroo Island

All fossils provide interesting clues to what life on Earth was once like, but there is something quite unique about the fossils found at Emu Bay on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Watch this clip to find out why.

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Dams and dolphins on the Mekong?

If the Lao Government's plans are realised, nine hydropower dams will be built across the Mekong River in Laos, and more across its tributaries. The government wants the country to become the 'battery of Asia'. With this dream comes a host of issues. Listen to reasons why the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) suggests hydro-dam ...

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Can coral reefs survive?

Coral reefs are one of the world's most diverse ecosystems and they're often called the 'rainforests of the oceans'. Find out where the world's coral reefs are concentrated and why they are so important for marine life, the coastal environment and people. Also discover some of the threats to coral reefs around the world.