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IBSA: Index of biodiversity surveys for assessments

Mulga with Peplidium ground layer, South of Meekatharra. Credit: S Prober

Program: Biodiversity data and information management

New Index makes biodiversity data accessible

A new system, the Index of Biodiversity Surveys for Assessments (IBSA) was developed as a collaborative effort between The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI) and the Department of Water, Environmental Regulation (DWER).

IBSA was officially launched on 28 May 2018 by the Minister for Science, Innovation and ICT Dave Kelly.

The Index captures and consolidates data contained in more than 500 biodiversity surveys that are conducted each year. The information is publicly accessible.

The Index helps regulators and industry better understand Western Australia’s biodiversity values and enable more informed decisions about how to best protect Western Australia’s unique environment, while still allowing the economy to prosper.

For more information on the Index go to

At the IBSA launch in 2018 (L to R): Peter Zurzolo (CEO, WABSI), Dr Tom Hatton (EPA Chair), Minister Dave Kelly, Professor Michael Poole (Board Chair, WABSI). Image: DWER

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