Landholder Collab resources for conferences in 2017

The Landholder Collab team attended three conferences in 2017. Here, we share some of the resources we developed and presented.

Restore Regenerate Revegetate Conference

A Conference on Restoring Ecological Processes, Ecosystems and Landscapes in a Changing World
5-9 February 2017
Armidale
Conference website

Landscape scale conservation: incentives for cross-property action
P. Ampt, A. Baumber, E. Berry, T. Cox, R Cross, G. Metternicht & H. Pfeiffer

Abstract:
Production landscapes are critical for biodiversity conservation. Individual landholders can contribute but the real challenge is coordinated cross-property action at a landscape scale. This paper describes 2 projects through which we have attempted to better understand that challenge. The ‘Communities in Landscapes’ project (Caring for Our Country 2009-2012) provided coordinated advice and training to develop cross-property biodiversity plans and $70k for each of 7 landholder groups for the initial phase of the implementation. The project generated collaboration on landscape scale biodiversity conservation, but without ongoing support the benefits achieved could be soon lost. The ‘Increasing landholder collaboration for landscape scale conservation’ project (NSW Environmental Trust 2016-2017) is exploring the nature and extent of collaboration, and the opportunities provided by collaboration for public and private benefit. The vision is for landholders to develop ‘Landscape Corporations’ which are the vehicle for integrating production and conservation for landholders sharing the same landscape.

Download the conference proceedings here. Watch the presentation here.

Institute of Australian Geographers Conference

Geography Counts
11-14 July 2017
Brisbane
Conference website

Identifying opportunities for cross-property landholder collaboration for conservation and production
R. Cross, A. Baumber, P. Ampt, G. Metternicht, & E. Berry

Abstract:
Cross-property collaborations offer novel solutions for dealing with complex, multi-scalar issues and fortifying long-term landscape-scale conservation and increasing viability of production systems.  This type of coordinated action has the potential to manifest a range of innovative, capital building ventures.  This paper reports on a NSW Environmental Trust funded project ‘Increasing landholder collaboration for landscape scale conservation’, focused on the NSW Central West and Central Tablelands.  To explore opportunities, a participatory rural appraisal (PRA), an interviewing process which utilises local people as researchers and involves a series of workshops, was conducted and 55 landholders were interviewed.
Evidence of cross-property collaboration included biodiversity management, vegetation plantings, fire safety and management, pest and weed control (e.g. dog baiting groups), informal sharing/trading of equipment, labour and transport, and informal grazing arrangements.  Major barriers to collaboration were lack of time, reluctance to drive collaboration, individualistic mentalities, social dynamics, lack of contact (especially with absentee landholders), lack of perceived benefit from collaborating, and apprehension about personal liability versus group liability.  Opportunities for increased collaboration include habitat connectivity, shared costs for pest and weed management, goat and kangaroo harvesting, shared branding and place-marketing, small-scale mobile production, and eco-tourism for recreation, cultural experience and nature-watching.  To enable collaboration, realising synergies with neighbours, being able to discuss novel ideas in an online forum, and learning first-hand from other successful collaborators were identified as initiating steps.

Download the presentation here.

Developing online tools for increased landholder collaboration in landscape scale conservation and production
G. Metternicht, A. Baumber, P. Ampt, R. Cross, & E. Berry

Abstract:
Cross-property collaboration has the potential to enhance the viability of environmental actions and enterprise options that extend beyond individual property boundaries. On the environmental front, issues such as habitat connectivity, riparian management, soil erosion and weed and pest control could benefit from increased collaboration, while collaborative commercial activities could potentially include ecotourism, agroforestry, biobanking, carbon farming and kangaroo management.
Recent developments around online spatial tools have shown to offer enhanced opportunities for collaboration by enabling landholders to connect with one another, to identify landscape-scale opportunities for environmental or commercial collaboration, and to act as a repository of user-generated spatial data including monitoring results and case studies.  This paper reports on the work of a two-years multi-stakeholder Landholder Collaboration project on the Central Tablelands of NSW that is now entering its final phase, with spatial analysis and the development of a GIS-based online tool being key tasks to be completed. Social research with two pilot landholder groups has identified a lack of reliable internet access as a major barrier for access and adoption of this kind of instrument for many landholders, and data security as a key priority. Leading natural resource management issues identified for inclusion in the pilot testing phase of the tool in 2017 include weed and pest management, landscape-scale revegetation corridors and ecotourism.

Download the poster here.

Australian Rangeland Society – 19th Biennial Conference

Transition to Transformation
25-28 September 2017
Port Augusta
Conference website

Lessons and best practice of landholder collaboration for landscape-scale conservation and production
H. Pfeiffer, P. Ampt, A. Baumber, R. Cross, E. Berry & G. Metternicht

Abstract:
Tensions between production and natural resource management objectives, often perceived as mutually opposing, are increasing as technological, political, social changes and climatic variability continue to shape Australian rural landscapes. This paper explores enablers and barriers for landholder collaboration to bridge this gap, and to facilitate transitioning to new industries. Through key informant interviews we identified nine central themes that need be considered for enhanced understanding of the complexities and contextual nature of landholder collaboration. These include models of collaboration; the role of government and funding; the role of industry; the role of education; marketing strategies; the importance of social cohesion; community involvement; succession of collaboration; and integrating production and conservation. Social analysis of key informants provided lessons to address barriers for achieving desired outcomes within past and present models of landholder collaboration.
Our findings suggest that when transitioning to new industries on a landscape-based scale:
a) A one-size-fits-all approach to collaboration is inappropriate due to the highly contextualised nature of elements that make or break attempts to collaborate.
b) The complexity of the topic affects the role of government and industry on the effectiveness and potential of outcomes generated through collaboration.
c) Education and communication through common language are key enabling factors for the success of cohesive landholder groups.
Potential enablers to collaboration between actors at the landscape scale included: social cohesion and generation of relationships based on trust, as was the role of whole community involvement in providing support structures and generating environments conducive to effective collaboration. Themes of ownership, leadership and motivation fuelled by common interest were highlighted as key stabilising factors that contributed to the resilience of groups to survive internal and external shocks. Finally, models that demonstrated the integration of production and conservation initiatives were suggested as providing the best chance for successful cross-property collaboration.

Download the conference proceedings here.

Developing online tools for increased landholder collaboration in landscape scale conservation and production
G. Metternicht, A. Baumber, P. Ampt, R. Cross, & E. Berry

Download the poster here.

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