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Potential for contractual biodiversity conservation by pastoralists and graziers - Final report

Greiner, Romy (2015). Potential for contractual biodiversity conservation by pastoralists and graziers - Final report<br />. Darwin, NT: Charles Darwin University.

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Author Greiner, Romy
Title of Report Potential for contractual biodiversity conservation by pastoralists and graziers - Final report
Publication Date 2015
ISBN 978-1-925167-14-6   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Publisher Charles Darwin University
Place of Publication Darwin, NT
Total Pages 16
Field of Research 300800 Environmental Sciences
Abstract Protected areas provide the cornerstone of biodiversity conservation. In many situations however, the protected area estate is too small and/or unrepresentative to safeguard biodiversity. Here, a more pluralistic approach is required which involves partnerships with other landholders, in particular pastoralists and graziers. While some pastoralists and graziers may be intrinsically motivated to conserve biodiversity on their land, systematic participation can be encouraged by providing pastoralists and graziers with financial incentives in the form of ‘payments for environmental services’ (PES).

Empirical research was conducted to provide insights into pastoralists and graziers’ willingness to sign up to voluntary conservation agreements. The research employed 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 pastoralists and graziers, resulting in a consolidated and systematic conservation effort across all types of land tenure.
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