What is environmental economic accounting and how can it improve policy making for contested regions?
The current Regional Forestry Agreement for the Victoria's Central Highlands will expire in 2018. There are strong and conflicting attitudes among stakeholders and the community towards the continuation of native forest logging within the region, so how can policy makers make rational evidence based decisions?
The Australian National University has taken a very rational approach and applied a UN framework of environmental economic accounting to evaluate the economic benefits to the region from different activities. The above seven minute video looks at the environmental economic accounting system and the key findings for the Central Highlands.
A four minute video below, focuses on the findings of the analysis and what it means for Melbourne.
More information on the results of the Environmental Economic Accounts analysis is available in this Science for Policy factsheet.
Professor John Woinarski of Charles Darwin University discusses the importance of averting extinctions of less charismatic animals.
The 2019–20 wildfires have severely impacted animals of all major species groups. Here, national experts on mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs and freshwater fish and crayfish present some of the key challenges for each group and how these will influence management and research priorities in the aftermath of the fires.
Cultural fire management is the way that Indigenous people have used fire to care for Country for thousands of years, and it continues today. The devastation wreaked by the 2019–20 bushfires across millions of hectares was a wake-up call for Australia and the world. Oliver Costello from the Firesticks Alliance explains how the fires demonstrated the need to listen to and care for Country.
Australia has one of the highest rates of plant endemism of any country globally. After the catastrophic fire season of 2019–20, Dr Rachael Gallagher and Professor David Keith are leading two teams to find out which species and ecological communities are most in need of immediate recovery.
The 2019–20 bushfires burnt over 12 million hectares of south-eastern and south-western Australia, causing abrupt losses of biodiversity at a scale never seen before. Over a billion animals were estimated to have died, but the figure is likely much higher. The Australian Government’s Wildlife and Threatened Species Bushfire Recovery Expert Panel is guiding the work of prioritising species and ecological communities for emergency interventions and determining what those actions should be. Hub Deputy Director and Expert Panel member Professor Sarah Legge takes us though the hows and whys of this prioritisation, and some of its challenges.