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Estimating land and conservation management costs: the first step in designing a stewardship program for the Northern Territory


Adams, VM and Pressey, RL and Stoeckl, N, Estimating land and conservation management costs: the first step in designing a stewardship program for the Northern Territory, Biological Conservation, 148, (1) pp. 44-53. ISSN 0006-3207 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2012.01.064


Stewardship programs providing financial incentives for conservation on private lands are increasingly common. We estimate the potential costs of a stewardship program in the Daly River catchment, Northern Territory, which would underwrite the cost difference between routine land management and the additional requirements of conservation management on grazing properties. Based on survey responses from landholders, we first assess the current costs of land management in the catchment and use regression to identify key drivers of spatial variation in both routine land management costs and conservationoriented management costs. We define conservation-oriented management costs as the costs required to meet objectives for both routine property management and conservation. We then estimate the additional costs of conservation management over and above routine land management at an average of $1.99 per ha. We conclude that, if the most cost-effective properties are targeted, an annual budget of $1 million would support stewardship agreements covering 90% of the catchment’s area. Much of the cost-effectiveness of stewardship payments would come from the significant economies of scale in managing large pastoral properties and leveraging the costs of routine land management already met by landholders.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:stewardship payments, management costs, private land conservation, Daly River, Northern Territory, land management, conservation management
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
UTAS Author:Adams, VM (Associate Professor Vanessa Adams)
ID Code:126446
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-06-12
Last Modified:2018-07-25

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