Incorporation of Practical Measures to Assist Conservation of Biodiversity Within Sustainable Beef Production in Northern Australia

Edited by Sue McIntyre, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems
Jointly funded by MLA, CSIRO and Environment Australia, October 2001
ISBN 1 74036 189 X

Project Objectives

The broad scientific and communication goals set by Meat and Livestock Australia were, by June 2001, to:

  1. Significantly advance conceptual understanding of the relationships between the grazing of cattle and grazing management, and the conservation of regional biodiversity within the variegated landscapes of the north.
  2. Quantify these relationships for at least one ecosystem that is economically important to the northern beef industry.
  3. Link these quantified relationships to measures of productivity, and thence to economic indicators of enterprise returns, and assess alternative management strategies for both economic and biodiversity costs and benefits.
  4. Identify practical measures to conserve biodiversity that producers can incorporate within their sustainable management practices, together with simple indicators they can use to assess results and continue to adapt and improve management.
  5. Assess whether the results of this project can be used to assist management for conservation of biodiversity in other ecosystems within northern Australia.
  6. Proactively publicise and disseminate project results to the industry and others concerned with natural resource management in northern Australia, including providing assistance to producer-led management within NAP3.

The specific project objectives are by June 2001 to:

  1. Develop a learning module introducing concepts of ecological sustainability and biodiversity conservation in a whole property context.
  2. Develop a manual providing appropriate technical information for producers and other resource managers wishing to implement sustainable management.
  3. One hundred beef producers in northern Australia implementing management strategies on their properties to maintain biodiversity and sustainability.
  4. At least 500 producers demonstrating awareness of the role of biodiversity on their properties.
  5. Communication activities aimed at building the capacity of extension personnel to promote practices to maintain biodiversity and sustainability.