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.
It is Threatened Species Day on 7 September. If you are a threatened species in Australia, chances are you are on Indigenous-managed land, as it is the last stronghold for many species which have been lost from the wider landscape .
New research has found that habitat loss is a major concern for hundreds of Australian bird species, and south-eastern Australia has been the worst affected. The Threatened Species Recovery Hub study found that half of all native bird species have each lost almost two-thirds of their natural habitat across Victoria, parts of South Australia and New South Wales.
Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) Rangers in the Martu Determination have collaborated with Threatened Species Recovery Hub scientists to design a monitoring program for mankarr (the greater bilby). Martu people identified priorities for the bilby monitoring program, then worked with Dr Anja Skroblin from The University of Melbourne to co-develop a monitoring method which brings together Martu knowledge and practice with Western conservation science.
I am a proud Murri from the Kamilaroi Nation in north-west New South Wales. I grew up in western Sydney on Darug land and now live in Canberra on Ngunnawal land.
A new project is aiming to increase city kids’ connections with nature, threatened species conservation and Indigenous culture. Dr Georgia Garrard from RMIT University talks about this project, which will see Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Traditional Owners working with kids at Carlton North Primary School in Melbourne and Gunditjmara Traditional Owners working with kids at Heywood Consolidated School in western Victoria.