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.
Conservation managers considering the implementation of nest boxes programs need to give careful consideration to design, colour, placement and shade profile of nest boxes.
The vast brigalow forest that extended from northern New South Wales to southern Queensland has been cleared in the space of 60 years and it seems that many species have become threatened as a result. Rod Fensham and co-workers have identified the plant species that are likely to have become threatened and many of these species were not previously recognised as imperilled.
Monitoring is fundamental to good policy and effective conservation management. Data derived from monitoring underpin the process for listing of species as threatened, which is a precursor to recognition in policy.
TSR Hub researcher David Lindenmayer and colleagues embarked on a four-year case study examining the impacts of a biodiversity offset which established nest boxes to compensate for the losses of natural tree hollows caused by the widening of sections of the Hume Highway (the road linking Sydney and Melbourne).
In recent months you may have noticed some energetic public debate about what is the biggest threat to threatened species in Australia. Is it feral cats and foxes or is it the clearing and degradation of native vegetation?