Balancing tradeoffs between biodiversity and production in the re-design of rangeland landscapes

Balancing tradeoffs between biodiversity and production in the re-design of rangeland landscapes Conference Paper

17th Australian Rangeland Society Biennial Conference

  • Author(s): C. Waters, T.D. Penman, R.B. Hacker, B. Law, R.P. Kavanagh, F. Lemckert, Y. Alemseged
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society

Abstract: The conflict that exists between the competing needs of biological conservation and those of pastoral production is well recognised, however, few studies examine these conflicts due to their complexity and the uncertainty that surrounds these relationships. We describe a process for the development of a Bayesian Network model that examines the trade-offs between the conservation value of the landscape for a range of taxa (flora, mammals, birds, herpetofauna) and the primary production value under alternative land-use. We identify regional vegetation context and structural complexity as key landscape drivers of biodiversity. Simple scenarios were used to examine the influence of alternative land use activities on multiple components of biodiversity and demonstrate how preferred landscape designs can be determined. The application of this model as a planning tool for land management agencies or regional NRM bodies to develop policy or direct future investment at multiple scales is identified.

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C. Waters, T.D. Penman, R.B. Hacker, B. Law, R.P. Kavanagh, F. Lemckert, Y. Alemseged, 2012, Balancing tradeoffs between biodiversity and production in the re-design of rangeland landscapes, Conference Paper, viewed 09 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3635.

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