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Biodiversity is a relatively new word, which in essence means the natural diversity of all life: the sum of all our native species of flora and fauna, the genetic variation within them, their habitats, and the ecosystems of which they are an integral part.
It is this biological heritage that Victoria's Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act seeks to maintain and enhance, because it is essential for our economic, cultural, social and spiritual well-being. Whether we live in metropolitan areas, regional towns or rural areas, our biodiversity assets and their conservation and management are a critically important element in our quality of life.
Victoria's Biodiversity - Our Living Wealth is the first of three documents that together form the Victorian Government's strategy for conserving native biodiversity in this State.
The second document in the series, Victoria's Biodiversity - Sustaining our Living Wealth, describes the legal, economic and social parameters which determine how native biodiversity conservation will be implemented.
The third part of the biodiversity strategy, Victoria's Biodiversity - Directions in Management, provides details of the native biodiversity in each of Victoria's bioregions, and outlines the management responses required to protect, enhance and restore them.
Victoria's Biodiversity - Our Living Wealth, and the strategy as a whole, will encourage Victorians to better understand and appreciate our rich and diverse biological heritage, and to take an active part in its conservation.