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Eco Logic column

Grow Your Own

By Laura Mumaw

Collaborative wildlife gardening programs engage residents to manage their land and achieve landscape-focused conservation goals.

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Dogs on Leashes, Birds on Beaches

By Kiran Dhanjal-Adams

A bit of maths can help managers minimise the impact of dogs on migratory shorebirds.

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Reviewing Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services

By Rebecca Runting

What is the state of our understanding of the connection between climate change and ecosystem-service assessment?

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Can Economics Enhance Ecological Restoration?

By Sayed Iftekhar

Economics has a lot to offer ecological restoration. A greater engagement with economics would enhance the likelihood of success for many restoration efforts.

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The Feasibility of a Cane Toad Barrier

By Darren Southwell and Reid Tingley

Preventing the spread of cane toads into Western Australia’s Pilbara could cost less than $100,000 per year.

Cane toads are one of Australia’s worst invasive species. Over the past 85 years they have spread across more than 1 million km2 of northern Australia. Along the way, the toads have had severe impacts on native biodiversity, such as goannas and quolls.

The toads seem unstoppable, but new research suggests there may be a chink in their seemingly impenetrable armour. The toad’s weakness, it seems, is its inability to retain water.

Conservation Research Isn’t Happening in the Right Places

By Kerrie Wilson

Conservation research is not being done in the countries where it’s most needed, and this will undermine efforts to preserve global biodiversity.

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The Inequity in Climate Change

By Glenn Althor, James Watson and Richard Fuller

The countries responsible for most greenhouse emissions incur the least impacts whereas those least responsible bear the greatest cost. How unfair is that?

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An Agreement Forever?

By Mat Hardy, Sarah Bekessy, Ascelin Gordon & James Fitzsimons

There’s a growing trend in many parts of the world for land owners to enter into conservation covenants and easements. These formal agreements are an increasingly popular strategy for conserving biodiversity on private land but how effective are they? Our analysis of covenants in Australia has revealed there’s much to commend in these agreements but there’s also work needed to ensure their ongoing effectiveness.

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Restoring Urban Drains to Living Streams

By Maksym Polyakov

A creek restoration in a Perth suburb has increased the median home price within 200 metres of the project by around 5%.

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Making More of Mangrove Ecosystem Services

By Scott Atkinson

Different mangrove areas in the same region provide different ecosystem services. Mapping these is important when deciding where conservation investment should go.

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