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Accounting for biodiverse wildlife corridor plantations

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Horner, CA and Davison, N, Accounting for biodiverse wildlife corridor plantations, Meditari Accountancy Research ISSN 2049-372X (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1108/MEDAR-08-2019-0548

Abstract

Purpose:This paper explores the feasibility of implementing the Natural Inventory Model (NIM) developed by Jones (1996; 2003) in biodiverse wildlife corridor plantations, from an NGO’s perspective.

Design: Undertaking the first cycle of an action research approach, the project involves collaboration with Greening Australia (Tasmania) (GAT). GAT is endeavouring to establish native wildlife corridors throughout the Tasmanian midlands, using science-based biodiverse plantations. The majority of the areas identified by GAT as essential for the establishment of these wildlife corridors are on privately owned land, primarily used for agricultural purposes. This paper explores whether stewardship of the land ‘sacrificed’ by landowners may be demonstrated via the quantification and communication of improvements in biodiversity using the NIM.

Findings: Results suggest that the existing NIM is impractical for use by an NGO with limited resources. However, with some adaptations incorporating science-based measurements, the NIM can be used to account for biodiverse wildlife corridor plantations.

Practical Implications: The findings have implications for not-for-profit, corporate and government sectors in terms of how accounting may facilitate the quantification and communication of conservation and restoration efforts.

Social Implications: Biodiversity loss is now considered to be a greater threat to the planet than climate change. Efforts to account for biodiversity are consistent with the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Australian Government’s ‘Biodiversity Conservation Strategy’ (2010).

Originality:Whilst prior studies have successfully implemented the NIM using secondary data, this is the first known to test the feasibility of the model using primary data in collaboration with an NGO.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sustainability, sustainable development, action research, conservation, biodiversity, environmental accounting
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Accounting, auditing and accountability
Research Field:Sustainability accounting and reporting
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Horner, CA (Dr Claire Horner)
ID Code:141440
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2020-10-20
Last Modified:2021-09-22
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