Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Private Conservation

G’day Fellow Nature Lovers,

There’s no doubt that we Aussies have not had a good past record for preserving our wildlife and its habitat. Many of our wild areas are still in alarming decline. Our species extinction rate is one of the worst in the world.

I’ve always held an optimistic view. We will wake up in time, WON’T WE?

Perhaps private conservation will be the solution. An astonishing six million hectares of Australia—something like the size of Tasmania—is now being privately protected for plants and animals. Hundreds of millions of dollars are involved as schemes spring up around the country.

Here’s a link to an interesting radio program, (Background Briefing – Radio National), where you can download an interesting set of interviews of conservationists and landholders. Have a listen, there is some great work being done.

Perhaps all is not lost.

Regards,
Gouldiae


2 comments:

  1. I listened to the program you linked and it was very interesting. However, I thought it left unanswered a daunting number of questions about management and maintenance of such areas.

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  2. G'day Mick,
    Yes, you're right. there are still a lot of questions. They did give a brief mention to, was it 'control officers'? Their numbers are very low, and their areas to cover are huge. Obviously a lot is left to the individual landholder. I guess for the moment we have to trust in that.
    DF and I have had a brief experience of a private group helping to purchase and rejuvenate a large area of local wetlands. So far they have been especially helpful. They want to see as much local involvement as possible, from the schoolchildren through to local government bureaucracy. Been impressed so far.
    Regards,
    Gouldiae

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