Improving the efficiency of biodiversity investment: final report

Stoeckl, Natalie, Chaiechi, Taha, Farr, Marina, Esparon, Michelle, Larson, Silva, Jarvis, Diane, Chacon Calvo, Adriana, and Tran, Lai Thi (2015) Improving the efficiency of biodiversity investment: final report. Report. Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT, Australia.

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The overarching aim of this project was to provide information that would help improve the efficiency of biodiversity investments in northern Australia. We collected social and financial data from land managers across northern Australia, combined it with publically available biophysical data and analysed it using several different techniques. Controlling for a range of factors (e.g. size of property, rainfall), we found little evidence of a trade-off between biodiversity and agriculture, suggesting that conservation need not occur at the expense of agriculture in this region. We have also established that there are significant co-benefits (to agriculture) from programs that mitigate threats to biodiversity by controlling weeds. These programs represent more efficient investments than those which do not generate co-benefits. Our analysis also indicated that programs which promote on-farm diversification, improve land management practices and/or promote conservation-friendly attitudes could generate improvements in biodiversity without imposing costs on the agricultural industry, and that those who seek to promote biodiversity using financial rewards or penalties could increase the effectiveness of their programs by also using social rewards and penalties.

Item ID: 42199
Item Type: Report (Report)
ISBN: 978-1-925167-42-2
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Funders: National Environmental Research Program (NERP), Northern Australia Hub
Date Deposited: 13 May 2016 05:46
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1499 Other Economics > 149902 Ecological Economics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919902 Ecological Economics @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960812 Urban and Industrial Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960601 Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection @ 30%
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