Enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem services in production landscapes (2015–2018)

Abstract:
Environmental and agricultural policies promote land sharing (biodiversity-friendly production) or land sparing (protected areas, with yield increases elsewhere). Yet the impacts of such policies in diverse contexts and for multiple outcomes are poorly understood. This project will develop new approaches using causal inference, optimal allocation theory, and spatial statistics to characterise impacts on a diverse suite of ecosystem services. Case studies from three continents will be developed, and generalisations explicitly tested using simulated landscapes. The project will advance our ability to deliver sustainable outcomes and more effective and equitable policies for production landscapes.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
Researchers:
Funded by:
Australian Research Council