Land degradation and land conservation in the arid zone of Australia: grazing is the problem ... and the cure

J. Pickard

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    Abstract

    Arid lands occupy some 70% of Australia, but are very low in conservation priority. Semi-arid rangelands are degraded from over a century of grazing. The fundamental cause is too many introduced domestic and feral herbivores. Formal conservation reserves will always be inadequate to protect arid ecosystems. The complexity of technological and biological impacts on these ecosystems is illustrated by fences and feral carnivores. The biggest stumbling blocks to effective land conservation in the semi-arid zone are poorly set political priorities and unwillingness to provide adequate funds. As off-reserve conservation involving multiple use of grazing properties is essential, the financial well-being of graziers is fundamental to conservation. Recently developed "minimal stocking rate' grazing systems improve both income and ecosystem condition. -Author

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationConservation biology in Australia and Oceania
    EditorsCraig Moritz, Jiro Kikkawa
    Place of PublicationChipping Norton, N.S.W.
    PublisherSurrey Beatty & Sons
    Pages131-137
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)0949324485
    Publication statusPublished - 1994

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