Pastoralism and biodiversity conservation in the tropical north of Australia

Greiner, Romy (2015) Pastoralism and biodiversity conservation in the tropical north of Australia. In: Figgis, Penelope, Mackey, Brendan, Fitzsimons, James, Irving, Jason, and Clarke, Pepe, (eds.) Valuing Nature: protected areas and ecosystem services. Australian Committee for IUCN, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 44-49.

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[Extract] This chapter illustrates the potential role of PES in the tropical savannas in northern Australia. In many situations however, the protected area estate is insufficiently large and/or representative to safeguard biodiversity. Here, a more pluralistic approach is required which involves partnerships with other landholders, in particular farmers. While some farmers may be intrinsically motivated to conserve biodiversity on their land, systematic participation can be encouraged by providing farmers with financial incentives in the form of 'payments for environmental services' (PES).

This chapter illustrates the situation for the tropical savannas in north Australia. It presents insights from empirical research which explores farmers' willingness to sign up to voluntary conservation agreements. The research employs a choice experiment as a way of gauging likely business decisions in the absence of observable market behaviour. Such research is vital for the design of conservation programs and tailoring of conservation contracts to a given context – after all, voluntary conservation programs only make a real contribution to the conservation effort if there is sufficient up-take by farmers, resulting in consolidated and systematic conservation effort.

Item ID: 39452
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-9871654-5-9
Funders: National Environmental Research Program - Northern Australia Hub, Charles Darwin University
Date Deposited: 31 May 2016 03:06
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 30%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development @ 40%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070301 Agro-ecosystem Function and Prediction @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960904 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960601 Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960804 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 30%
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