Australian Land and Landholders
Australia is renowned for its unique and diverse wildlife and ecological communities, yet it also has one of the highest rates of wildlife extinction in the world.
The majority of Australia’s land is privately owned, which puts landholders in a position to substantially influence native plant and animal conservation and the viability of ecosystem services.
Conservation covenanting is a commonly used mechanism to permanently protect biodiversity on private lands. A conservation covenant is “a voluntary agreement made between a landholder and an authorised body that aims to protect and enhance the natural, cultural and/or scientific values of certain land.” Landholders continue to own, use and live on their land while conserving its natural values. This type of covenant may also be called a conservation agreement, heritage agreement, or nature refuge.
But how effective are conservation covenants at protecting Australia’s biodiversity? How are covenanted landholders supported in their efforts towards land management and conservation?
Researchers at Monash University are exploring these questions in an attempt to better understand the social and ecological contributions of conservation covenanting in Australia.
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