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Uncertainties around the implementation of a clearing-control policy in a unique catchment in northern Australia: Exploring equity issues and balancing competing objectives

Adams, Vanessa M. and Pressey, Robert L. (2014). Uncertainties around the implementation of a clearing-control policy in a unique catchment in northern Australia: Exploring equity issues and balancing competing objectives. PLoS ONE,9(5 - Article No. e96479).

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Title Uncertainties around the implementation of a clearing-control policy in a unique catchment in northern Australia: Exploring equity issues and balancing competing objectives
Author Adams, Vanessa M.
Pressey, Robert L.
Journal Name PLoS ONE
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 9
Issue Number 5 - Article No. e96479
ISSN 1932-6203   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84900419197
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher Public Library of Science
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Land use change is the most significant driver linked to global species extinctions. In Northern Australia, the landscape is still relatively intact with very low levels of clearing. However, a re-energized political discourse around creating a northern food bowl means that currently intact ecosystems in northern Australia could be under imminent threat from increased land clearing and water extraction. These impacts are likely to be concentrated in a few regions with suitable soils and water supplies. The Daly River Catchment in the Northern Territory is an important catchment for both conservation and development. Land use in the Daly catchment has been subject to clearing guidelines that are largely untested in terms of their eventual implications for the spatial configuration of conservation and development. Given the guidelines are not legislated they might also be removed or revised by subsequent Territory Governments, including the recently-elected one. We examine the uncertainties around the spatial implications of full implementation of the Daly clearing guidelines and their potential effects on equity of opportunity across land tenures and land uses. We also examine how removal of the guidelines could affect conservation in the catchment. We conclude that the guidelines are important in supporting development in the catchment while still achieving conservation goals, and we recommend ways of implementing the guidelines to make best use of available land resources for intensified production.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0096479   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
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