Conservation on Farms Survey

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This survey asks you how city and country people can come together to give nature a hand and support landscape-wide conservation. Just why we need to broaden our view of conservation is outlined below the survey and in articles on the ABC and National Geographic website and on my blog The survey will take around five minutes. If you would like the results sent to you make sure you sign up.

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Why do we need a conservation on farms?

Australia has a great parks and reserve system. But these parks and reserves don’t exist in isolation. Our landscapes have been cut up into a patchwork of paddocks to grow our food and fibre. Within this sea of agriculture sit our protected areas, increasingly isolated and vulnerable.

A move to landscape-wide conservation supported by individuals may be needed if the integrity of our parks and reserves are to survive long-term. We need our farmers to not only grow our food but also manage parts of their farms for conservation. But how can we encourage this?

If you think state or federal governments will provide the ongoing support for landscape-wide conservation, think again. Recent cuts to Catchment Management Agencies and the biodiversity and carbon farming initiative are part of a wider run down in the public investment in land management.

A leading ecologist, Hugh Possingham has called for a new order, where maybe more than half of all conservation of Australia’s wildlife needs to be done by individuals, not governments. Clearly, a more sophisticated and ongoing conservation approach is required.

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6 thoughts on “Conservation on Farms Survey

    1. Kelvin

      John, thanks for your question!

      Yes there are many issues around how we use our natural resources, and many approaches to addressing these issues. Both the issues and our responses will continue to evolve, and this website is my attempt to keep our thinking evolving – and hopefully our actions.

      Regarding any follow through? It is certainly my goal. But without support this will not happen.
      In the background there is quite a bit of partnership building with a leading national environmental organisation. The survey is one way of gauging support, shaping the next step, and giving confidence to take the next step.

      regards Kelvin

  1. Jordan Lee

    How about looking at current production systems that producers employ? Producers are stewards of the land and it is in their best interest to look after what provides their income. Before racing off and trying to save the planet, it would be good to have a good hard look at current conservational farming practices. Be even better to get rid of all trees in cropping paddocks then wouldn’t have to drive around them.

  2. Joan Dillon

    It is always a mistake to generalise and a long term view is needed. Some farmers with a high debt load will focus on immediate returns and potentially run down their environmental capital. Others will farm for the future and opt for a reduced annual income over a long period. Particular farming communities, farm sizes, farming enterprises and personal goals are as variable as the climate.

    A poor understanding of rural Australia by the urban population, which has considerable voting clout, inevitably affects government attitudes to environmental issues. Landholders and urban voters working together are likely to achieve better results than government instrumentalities. At the same time, governments do have a responsibility to look after our environment. It underpins our productive capacity.

  3. Michael Reid

    What most people fail to realise ( and this includes many farmers ), is that the farming methods we use here are descended from European ideas.
    Those who settled this country mostly came from wetter climates than Australia, but they tried to make the Australian landscape bend to their ways, and this is why the struggles have been so great over time.
    Although a large country ,Australia is roughly three quarters arid, and from a geographical point, has a very small area of arable land contained in the coastal strips.
    Lack of true forethought in the laying out of our population centres, and our farms, and how we operate them, has been the reason for our problematic existence.
    Many people over the years have shown that a good, profitable business can be run working along side nature, instead of trying to beat it over the head, because no matter how you try to ignore it, you cannot avoid the fact that the basic elements needed for survival on this planet ( air , soil, water ), can’t be obtained from some factory if we ruin what we have now.