Large Scale Restoration of Sheoak Grassy Woodlands

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Large Scale Restoration of Sheoak Grassy Woodlands

Market Based Instrument Development for the Large Scale Restoration of Sheoak Grassy Woodlands

Market based instruments (MBI’s) are increasingly being used as a tool for supporting landholder participate in conservation. MBI’s come in many forms, can be very structured and formal and have various levels of success.

The use of MBI’s in combination with other tools can add value and engage a broader range of landholders more effectively (Ward and Hatton MacDonald 2009). WildEyre see the MBI process as a way to value landholders input into managing land for conservation.

The Eyre Peninsula NRM Board, a key partner of WildEyre, in conjunction with O’Connor NRM (consultant) has developed a market based instrument approach for the Large Scale Restoration of Sheoak Grassy Woodlands.

The development and implementation of the MBI has come from the Native Vegetation Councils Significant Environmental Benefit Fund. The objective of the program is to maintain and improve the condition and extent of Sheoak Grassy Woodlands on the Eyre Peninsula South Australia.

To achieve these objectives the Sustainable Grazing of Sheoak Grassy Woodlands project aims to engage private land managers in long term (10 years) contracts to manage Sheoak Grassy Woodlands to produce the following outcomes:

  • improved habitat across the landscape
  • increased viability, integrity and buffers to high quality remnants for species, ecological communities
  • improvements to the long-term protection of endangered species associated with Sheoak Grassy Woodlands
  • improvement in the condition and function of Sheoak Grassy Woodlands
  • enduring changes in land manager attitudes and behaviours towards strategic grazing and management regimes which benefit sustained conservation and production

The Sustainable Grazing of Sheoak Grassy Woodlands project uses a market based instrument as a tool for directing investment. The project provides incentives to land managers to undertake conservation management of Sheoak Grassy Woodland through a competitive auction process.

Eligible land managers compete by providing a bid into the auction, which describes the assessed conservation value of the site to be managed, and the price the land manager will charge for maintaining and improving the conservation values of the site. Information required to determine the conservation value will be collected by field officers prior to the bidding stage.

Two landholder were successful int the bidding process are now halfway through their 10 year management plans which is resulting in improvement of 1000ha of Sheoak Grassy Woodlands.

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