Biodiversity on private land: Lessons from the Mid-Murray Valley in South-eastern Australia

Wesley W. Ward, Jennifer Bond, Louise Burge, John Conallin, Colin (Max) Finlayson, Damian Michael, Shelley Scoullar, Michael Vanderzee, Adam Wettenhall

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Abstract

In this article, we use an autoethnographic approach to explore relationships between landholders and government agencies and natural resource management projects. We use this exploration to argue for a holistic, collaborative approach to decision making around the implementation of biodiversity conservation on private and public land. This approach aligns with principles underpinning reconciliation ecology, which emphasises the inclusion of grass-roots communities for promoting biodiversity conservation in human-dominated landscapes where approaches to the management of natural resources may be contested. We present three projects (Environmental Champions; Fencing Incentive programmes; Plains-wanderer programme) and other research from the Mid-Murray Valley region of southern New South Wales to highlight the positive and negative aspects of relationships between landholders and others in natural resource management. We argue that for a more collaborative approach; we need to build relationships based on understanding, trust, respect, ownership and partnerships between rural communities, landholders, education and research institutions and government agencies as recognised in reconciliation ecology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-183
Number of pages9
JournalEcological Management and Restoration
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2022

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