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The Forest Practices Authority

Biodiversity Values Database

What is the Biodiversity Values Database?

The Biodiversity Values Database (BVD) is specifically tailored to the needs of FPOs and others completing a biodiversity evaluation when preparing a forest practices plan (FPP) for activities covered by the forest practices system. The BVD delivers locality data for threatened fauna and flora species in a user-friendly way and provides information on threatened fauna species range and habitat descriptions for use in site assessments.

As well as providing locality, range and habitat information for management purposes the BVD also provides links to background information on threatened flora and fauna species. Previous versions of the BVD (ie.,Threatened Fauna Manual and Fauna Values Database) were mapsheet-based; however, this version is GIS-based, offering users more accurate and up-to-date information of species localities and ranges.

How do you use the Biodiversity Values Database?

To determine whether or not your planned operation area is within the range of a threatened species and/or contains a known locality for a threatened species, enter your centre co-ordinate below or go direct to the web-map in the BVD. This tool then provides description of habitat that may occur in your operation area. Use this information (and any additional information gathered during a site survey) to obtain a management recommendation via the Threatened Fauna Adviser.

For further information on how to use the BVD when developing a biodiversity evaluation click here.

Where is the data in the Biodiversity Values Database sourced from?

Locality data for flora and fauna species and range boundaries are sourced from the Natural Values Atlas (NVA), which is managed by DPIPWE. This information has been endorsed for planning purposes. Range boundaries are available for download from the NVA.

The fauna species included in the BVD are threatened fauna listed on the schedules of the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 and the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. For reasons why some species listed under these Acts have not been included in this planning tool see Background document 1 from the review of the Threatened Fauna Adviser.

The fauna species ranges and habitat descriptions delivered by the BVD were developed during the Threatened Fauna Adviser review and a summary can be downloaded here.

Where do you find background information on the species included in the Biodiversity Values Database?

DPIPWE has developed listing statements and notesheets on threatened fauna and flora. Links to this information on the conservation status, biology and management issues for the  fauna and flora species included in the BVD can be accessed here.




The BVD includes information that has been provided to the FPA from a range of sources.  While the FPA has endeavored to check the accuracy and completeness of this information, the FPA does not guarantee that the BVD is free from errors and does not warrant the quality, performance or suitability of the BVD for any purpose. The FPA cannot accept any liability for either inaccuracies or omissions in the data used in the development of the BVD or the results of any work based on the BVD.

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