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.
Your small local patch of bushland could be playing a much bigger role in conserving biodiversity than you think. A global study just published in PNAS looked at the conservation values of vegetation patches in 27 countries on four continents including Australia, and considered their size and distance to other habitat.
New research by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub has identified invasive species as the no. 1 threat to Australian biodiversity with habitat loss a close second.
The exceptionally long-beaked far eastern curlew is the world’s largest migratory shorebird. It is also one of the most well-travelled. This globe-trotting bird was listed as Critically Endangered in Australia in 2016, with its numbers in rapid decline since it was first listed as Least Concern in 2004.
A new video summarises the findings of a University of Queensland PhD project on northern quolls in the Pilbara. Once found all the way from Brisbane to the Pilbara, quolls are now listed nationally and internationally as Endangered, and are restricted to just a few isolated populations, mostly on rocky habitats.
On average, populations of Australia’s threatened birds have decreased by half since 1985, according to Australia’s new Threatened Bird Index.