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.
Many of Australia’s possums and gliders are under threat. Good information about where different species are greatly assists conservation programs. Members of the public can play a valuable role in helping to collect this information in their own backyards, and surrounding parks and natural areas.
Red foxes are one of the greatest threats to Australia’s native mammals and pose a major risk to livestock. To combat this, Australia spends more than $16 million per year on red fox control, with much of that money directed to poison baiting.
An international study led by The Australian National University has found a fungal disease has caused dramatic population declines in more than 500 amphibian species, including 90 extinctions, over the past 50 years.
The world is changing. Some of this change is planned and desirable. But much else is an unwanted consequence of the expansion of the human species. Those unwanted impacts will affect our lives and those of our descendants.
After undergraduate majors in Geography, Environmental Science and Botany, I did my PhD on native grasslands. I was struck by how these Critically Endangered ecosystems existing right on the edge of my city were being lost without most people even knowing about them – or understanding what amazing, super diverse ecosystems they are.