Analysis of trade-offs between biodiversity, carbon farming and agricultural development in Northern Australia reveals the benefits of strategic planning

Moran-Ordonez, Alejandra, Whitehead, Amy L., Luck, Gary W., Cook, Garry D., Maggini, Ramona, Fitzsimons, James A. and Wintle, Brendan A. (2017) Analysis of trade-offs between biodiversity, carbon farming and agricultural development in Northern Australia reveals the benefits of strategic planning. Conservation Letters, 10 1: 94-104. doi:10.1111/conl.12255


Author Moran-Ordonez, Alejandra
Whitehead, Amy L.
Luck, Gary W.
Cook, Garry D.
Maggini, Ramona
Fitzsimons, James A.
Wintle, Brendan A.
Title Analysis of trade-offs between biodiversity, carbon farming and agricultural development in Northern Australia reveals the benefits of strategic planning
Journal name Conservation Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1755-263X
Publication date 2017-01-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/conl.12255
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 10
Issue 1
Start page 94
End page 104
Total pages 11
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Australia's northern savannas are one of the few remaining large and mostly intact natural areas on Earth. However, their biodiversity and ecosystem values could be threatened if proposed agricultural development proceeds. Through land-use change scenarios, we explored trade-offs and synergies among biodiversity conservation, carbon farming and agriculture production in northern Australia. We found that if all suitable soils were converted to agriculture, habitat at unique recorded locations of three species would disappear and 40 species and vegetation communities could lose more than 50% of their current distributions. Yet, strategically considering agriculture and biodiversity outcomes leads to zoning options that could yield >56,000 km2 of agricultural development with a significantly lower impact on biodiversity values and carbon farming. Our analysis provides a template for policy-makers and planners to identify areas of conflict between competing land-uses, places to protect in advance of impacts, and planning options that balance agricultural and conservation needs.
Keyword Biodiversity conservation
Carbon storage
Conservation planning
Economic development
Intensive agriculture
MaxEnt
Land-use change
Spatial conservation prioritization
Species distributions
Zonation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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