Better biodiversity accounting is needed to prevent bioperversity and maximize co-benefits from savanna burning

Better biodiversity accounting is needed to prevent bioperversity and maximize co-benefits from savanna burning Journal Article

Conservation Letters

  • Author(s): Corey, Ben, Andersen, Alan N., Legge, Sarah, Woinarski, John C. Z., Radford, Ian J., Perry, Justin J.
  • Published: 2019
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
  • ISBN: 1755-263X

Abstract: Strategies for mitigating climate change through altered land management practices can provide win?win outcomes for the environment and the economy. Emissions trading for greenhouse gas (GHG) abatement in Australia's remote, fire-prone, and sparsely populated tropical savannas provides a financial incentive for intensive fire management that aims to reduce fire frequency, severity, and extent, and it supports important social, economic, and land management opportunities for remote communities, conservation agencies, and pastoralists. These programs now coverĀ >20% of Australia's 1.9 million km2 tropical savanna biome, encompassing areas of globally significant biodiversity value. A common assertion is that by reducing the frequency, severity, and extent of fires for GHG abatement, these programs provide biodiversity co-benefits. However, such biodiversity benefits have been assumed rather than demonstrated. Much better accounting of how biodiversity is responding to changed fire management is required to ensure that there are no unintended outcomes for biodiversity (bioperversity), and that biodiversity co-benefits are maximized. Such accounting could underpin the earning of formal biodiversity credits from improved fire management, and will go a long way to understanding and improving the biodiversity outcomes of savanna fire management.

  • Urls: https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12685
  • Keywords: biodiversity offset, carbon farming Initiative, conservation, Emissions Reduction Fund, fire, greenhouse gas emissions, payment for ecosystem services

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Corey, Ben, Andersen, Alan N., Legge, Sarah, Woinarski, John C. Z., Radford, Ian J., Perry, Justin J., 2019, Better biodiversity accounting is needed to prevent bioperversity and maximize co-benefits from savanna burning, Journal Article, viewed 15 July 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=16687.

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