Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2002
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National parks and other protected areas are areas of land and/or sea especially dedicated to the protection of biodiversity and other natural and cultural resources. They are established under Commonwealth or State/Territory laws or other legal means. All governments participate in the development of a comprehensive, adequate and representative national reserve system as part of Australia's obligation under the United Nations Biodiversity Convention established in 1993. Most national parks and other protected areas in Australia are declared and managed by State and Territory Governments, although Indigenous Protected Areas and protected areas managed by conservation or other groups have commenced recently, building on support from the Commonwealth's National Reserve System Program. The Commonwealth Government declares and manages parks and reserves on land owned or leased by the Commonwealth, in Commonwealth waters and on Aboriginal land leased to the Commonwealth.
National park organisations
The ABS Survey of Zoos, Parks and Gardens in respect of 1996-97 showed that there were 684 organisations operating national parks, and recreational parks and gardens at the end of June 1997. These organisations operated 462 individual national parks, 52,164 separate recreational parks and gardens, 270 wildlife sanctuaries, 42 tourist caves and 24 marine parks (table 12.3).
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