|There is increasing interest in and commitment to ecologically sustainable development of agriculture, both by government and individual farmers.|
The ESAI, led by DPI and DSE, investigated new ways of protecting the natural environment while maintaining the economic viability of farm enterprises. Many farmers are aware of the environmental impacts of agriculture but require additional resources and knowledge to tackle these.
This project, Threatened Species and Farming, contributes to the Initiative by examining some of the underlying conservation issues and illustrating practical management options via case studies of threatened species of flora and fauna that exist on farmland.
|About two-thirds of Victoria is private land, largely cleared of native vegetation and primarily used for agriculture. Many threatened native plants and animals occur in these landscapes and are affected by agricultural practices. |
Agricultural land now provides the last refuge for some species, and its management is therefore crucial to their long-term survival. Some landholders are already managing threatened species as part of a broader aim of native habitat conservation on their farms.
Improved understanding by stakeholders in the agricultural community of the conservation of threatened species on farmland.
Documentation of management techniques that combine protection of threatened species with sustainable agricultural production.