Changing land use to save Australian wildlife



Posted on 10 November 2014   |  
Changing land use to save Australian wildlife
Changing land use to save Australian wildlife
© WWF-Australia
This report uses nearly 40 years of satellite imagery, land use mapping and other databases to quantify the impact that land clearing and degradation due to land use change have had on native animal and plant species and the ecosystems they inhabit.

Looking back: The impact of land use change on Australian biodiversity:
The report is the first attempt to quantify the impact of land uses in threatening natural ecosystems at a national scale. The report concludes that many ecosystems meet criteria to be considered threatened with collapse as a result of historical (pre-1972) and more recent (post-1972) clearing or degradation of native vegetation as a result of land use change.

Looking forward: Conservation and sustainable agriculture:
Most vegetation clearing and degradation has been due to agricultural expansion. Although many ecosystems and species have been threatened, this was largely an unintentional and unforeseen result. In some cases, government policy encouraged land clearing.
Changing land use to save Australian wildlife
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