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Australian Biodiversity - Its Uses and Advantages

April 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 110

While many Australians would not naturally think of farmers and biodiversity in the same thought, the fate of both is inextricably linked.

Government-mandated land clearing at the turn of the last century led to a decline in Australian biodiversity on and around agricultural land.

However, it is now clearly recognised that environment conservation must be given a high priority. Without ecological biodiversity the natural systems farmers, and humans in general, rely upon to sustain them would quickly break down.

Australian farmers have eagerly embraced sustainable production, particularly as extensive research and development programs have delivered practical on-farm measures to reduce the environmental impact of farming practices.

A program recently launched in Australia - Target 100 - seeks to promote sustainable farming initiatives among red meat producers, who are caretakers of almost 50 per cent of the landmass.

The program details 100 research and development initiatives that are underway from the industry and associated research bodies to find more sustainable ways of farming.

Interestingly, the Target 100 website allows farmers to share what they are doing to improve biodiversity on their properties and also communicate with urban Australians about how their meat is produced.

Farmers protecting and enhancing ecosystem biodiversity have discovered that it often delivers increased productivity and profitability to their operations.

One factor often overlooked when discussing biodiversity preservation is the need to consider the economic sustainability of farming operations. Without a solid financial base farmers are unlikely to invest in measures to look after the land as well as they would like.

A natural resource management survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2006/07 found that practices to prevent or manage Australian weeds, pests and land and soil were employed on 94 per cent of farms with 65.8 per cent of land managers reporting they had improved their natural resource management practices during that year.

Of these, 89 per cent reported doing so to increase productivity, 88 per cent to achieve farm sustainability and 75 per cent to improve environmental protection.

With projections that the world's population may grow from approximately seven billion now to around 10 billion by 2050 the reality is that sustainable farming is becoming increasingly vital.

Australia stands poised to increase its supply of food to a burgeoning Asian market on its doorstep but to do so it must retain and enhance its edge as a clean, green provider of produce.

Over the years many environmental programs have been instigated by State and Federal Governments, farming groups and regional bodies; however what has been lacking is an overarching scheme that recognises the major contribution some farmers make to environmental protection and enhancement.

Some Australian farmers advocate a stewardship system where farmers delivering environmental outcomes above a baseline are paid for enhancing the environment for the greater good of the community. This type of scheme would encourage best practice across a range of environmental measures.

In any case, the future of biodiversity conservation is looking good in Australia.

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