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Improving the efficiency of biodiversity investment - Final Report

Stoeckl, Natalie, Chaiechi, Tha, Farr, Marina, Exparon, Michelle, Larson, Silva, Jarvis, Diana, Chacon, Adriana and Thi Tran, Lai (2015). Improving the efficiency of biodiversity investment - Final Report<br />. Darwin, NT: Charles Darwin University.

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Author Stoeckl, Natalie
Chaiechi, Tha
Farr, Marina
Exparon, Michelle
Larson, Silva
Jarvis, Diana
Chacon, Adriana
Thi Tran, Lai
Title of Report Improving the efficiency of biodiversity investment - Final Report
Publication Date 2015
ISBN 978-1-925167-42-2   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Publisher Charles Darwin University
Place of Publication Darwin, NT
Total Pages 28
Field of Research 300800 Environmental Sciences
Abstract 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.
Additional Notes This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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