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1370.0 - Measures of Australia's Progress, 2010  
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Land

AUSTRALIA'S LAND AND VEGETATION

The ways in which Australia's land is used can impact on the environment. Some types of land use (such as crop growing or urban development) depend on land clearance. Other uses of land do not depend on land clearance, yet still have a significant impact on Australia's environment.

The loss of native vegetation and habitat is a major threat to Australia's environment. Various species of animal and plant are under threat not only due to land clearing and changes in the surrounding environment, but also because of invasive species which threaten their habitat.

Forests are significant for biodiversity conservation. Forests maintain habitats for native animals and plants and are also important for improving water quality, mitigating dryland salinity and contributing to carbon sequestration through photosynthesis.

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