Tropical Savannas CRC
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North's Environmental Future
Researchers, Drs John Woinarski and Alaric Fisher explain future challenges for savanna biodiversity in the North. [pdf 284.2 kb]


Assessment for Learning

Savanna Treasures 

Savanna Treasures module

Through conferencing and discussion assess student's investigation questions/hypothesis and investigation plan.

Assessment of Learning

Groups develop a multi-media presentation about the impact, their research findings and recommendations. Benefits and costs are considered and the most appropriate recommendation(s) acted on.

Savanna ecosystem local investigation rubric jointly developed with students at the start of this task.

Savanna Treasures

What benefits do healthy ecosystems provide us for life?

Actions that maintain natural systems and biodiversity are preferred over remediation as they return far more benefits per dollar invested. Our analyses suggest that it costs between 10 and 100 times more to repair a damaged natural system than it does to maintain it.

- Extract from an independent working group's report prepared for the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering
and Innovation Council in May 2002.

In the interactive learning module, students complete Savanna Treasures. 

Offline students explore valuing biodiversity statements and report back.  

Refer to original mind/map definition on biodiversity of Australia's Tropical Savannas. What do you need to add/change now? For example, students/groups share map/definition and how you see the future for tropical savanna biodiversity? 

Taking Action 

Student investigations 

See culminating task in Assessment.

Groups conduct their investigations and present their findings. Recommendations are carefully considered and the best course of action decided on.

Community Groups consulted and action plan developed and presented/exhibited inviting comments from the school/community.

Plan is implemented and evaluated.