This dataset and its metadata statement were supplied to the Bioregional Assessment Programme by a third party and are presented here as originally supplied.
The Collaborative Australian Protected Areas Database (CAPAD) 2012 provides both spatial and text information about government, Indigenous and privately protected areas for continental Australia. State and Territory conservation agencies supplied data current to 31 December 2012. This is the eighth version of the database, with previous versions released in 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.
The Australian Government Department of the Environment also publishes protected areas data for the marine environment. "CAPAD 2012-marine" contains spatial and text information about offshore protected areas, for both State and Commonwealth waters. Previous versions of CAPAD marine information have been published in 1997, 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010.
CAPAD provides a snapshot of protected areas that meet the IUCN definition of a protected area:
"A protected area is an area of land and/or sea especially dedicated to the protection and maintenance of biological diversity, and of natural and associated cultural resources, and managed through legal or other effective means" (IUCN 1994).
The Australian Government Department of the Environment publishes a summary of the CAPAD data biennially on its website at http://www.environment.gov.au/capad
This version of CAPAD 2012 is a public / downloadable version of CAPAD 2012 data and is available for use through the CC-BY licensing model.
Main attributes in the full version of CAPAD 2012 include: PA_ID: The protected area ID code. Created from RES_NUMBER if unique, otherwise it is a DOE generated number. NAME: the name of the protected area. Gazetted PAs with no name are flagged as "Unnamed" with a reserve number. TYPE: the type of protected area according to the protected area establishment mechanism. TYPE_ABBR: the abbreviation of the TYPE. AA Aboriginal Area ACCP Conservation Covenant ASMA Antarctic Specially Managed Areas ASPA Antarctic Specially Protected Areas BG Botanic Gardens (Commonwealth) CA Conservation Area CCA Coordinated Conservation Area CCAZ1 CCA Zone 1 National Park CCAZ3 CCA Zone 3 State Conservation Area COR Coastal Reserve CP Conservation Park CPA Conservation Park Aboriginal CR Conservation Reserve FLR Flora Reserve FR Forest Reserve GR Game Reserve HA Heritage Agreement HIR Historical Reserve HPOT Biodiversity Hotspot HR Heritage River HS Historic Site HTR Hunting Reserve IPA Indigenous Protected Area KCR Karst Conservation Reserve MAA Management Agreement Area MCP National Parks Act Schedule 4 park or reserve MNP Marine National Park MR Miscellaneous Reserve MS Marine Sanctuary NAP Nature Park NCA Natural Catchment Area NCR Nature Conservation Reserve NFR Natural Features Reserve NP National Park NPA National Park Aboriginal NPC National Park (Commonwealth) NPR National Park (Recovery) NPRA National Park (Recovery) Aboriginal NR Nature Reserve NRA Nature Recreation Area NREF Nature Refuge NRS NRS Addition - Gazettal in Progress NS National Park (Scientific) OCA Other Conservation Area OCA/NAP Other Conservation Area / Nature Park OP Other PA Protected Area PNPA Proposed National Parks Act park or park addition PNR Private Nature Reserve PPP Permanent Park Preserve PS Private Sanctuary RA Reference Area REP Regional Park RNA Remote and Natural Area - not scheduled under NPA/Remote and Natural Area - Schedule 6, National Parks Act RP Recreation Park RR Regional Reserve RSR Resources Reserve S5G 5(1)(g) Reserve S5H 5(1)(h) Reserve SCA State Conservation Area SP State Park SR State Reserve WA Wilderness Protection Area WP Wilderness Park WZ Wilderness Zone IUCN: the IUCN protected area management category ascribed by the Managing authority, as outlined in the publication: CNPPA/WCMC "Guidelines for Protected Area management categories". Gland: IUCN, 1994. (ISBN: 2-8317-0201-1).
The Collaborative Australian Protected Areas Database (CAPAD) 2012 provides both spatial and text information about government, Indigenous, private and jointly managed protected areas for continental Australia. State and Territory conservation agencies supplied data current to 31 December 2012. This is the eight version of the database, with previous versions released in 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. CAPAD provides a snapshot of protected areas that meet the IUCN definition of a protected area.
Where appropriate attribute information (as per CAPAD technical specifications) were not provided in the spatial data layers, the textual data describing the spatial data provided by the contributors was matched to CAPAD attributes such as 'NAME','TYPE' or 'RES_NO' where applicable. Comparisons were made between data supplied and previous CAPAD versions. All anomalies were corrected by data suppliers or confirmed to be correct. Validation of attribute information and topological structure has been undertaken by the Australian Government, Department of the Environment. Where required these were updated or amended to ensure consistency and topological integrity.
Department of the Environment (2014) Collaborative Australian Protected Areas Database (CAPAD) 2012 - external. Bioregional Assessment Source Dataset. Viewed 13 March 2019, http://data.bioregionalassessments.gov.au/dataset/ef93a2a2-6701-47ce-804d-12f8413bd09a.