Thinning vegetation in Queensland 2020

Did you know that regulated vegetation (Category B, Category C, Category R) on your property can still be thinned under Queensland’s vegetation management framework? Thinning vegetation in Category B requires a Development Approval process under the State Development Assessment Provisions, including: A Relevant Purposes Application Form under the Vegetation Management Act 1999 (VMA) An application fee of $3,373 (as of October 2020) Evidence that the vegetation is thickened, including: On ground tree counts and A comparison site of the same ecosystem that is not thickened Responding to performance outcomes under SDAP State code 16: Native vegetation clearing; including Wetlands buffers Watercourse buffers…

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How much does the world invest in biodiversity conservation in Indo-Burma?

The Indo-Burma region (Vietnam, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and parts of southern China) is one of the world’s top biodiversity “hotspots” – home to large numbers of species, many of which are found nowhere else on the planet. However, with the region’s large (and rapidly growing) human population, and intense pressure on its natural ecosystems, many of these species are threatened with extinction. The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) has invested tens of millions of dollars in biodiversity conservation initiatives in Indo-Burma since 2008, guided by a strategy document known as an ecosystem profile. CEPF recently engaged Ecosure to…

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Eyespots painted on cow butts deter lion attacks!

Human-wildlife conflict is a main driver for large predator declines globally. Predators attack livestock and farmers shoot predators in retaliation. Cam Radford, our Sydney Manager and Senior Ecologist, has just published some of his PhD work in Nature’s Communications Biology showing how eyespots stop lions attacking livestock, promoting coexistence between lions and livestock farmers in Botswana. Eyespots are common in nature as anti-predator signals, famously occurring on the wings of butterflies. Cam has shown they work for mammals too, and can be ‘hijacked’ as a tool for coexistence. Eyespots evolved independently in many taxa as anti-predator signals. There remains debate…

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Ecosure starts a Reconciliation Action Plan!

  At the beginning of this year Ecosure started the process of a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) with Reconciliation Australia. You might ask what is a RAP? It’s program that provides a framework for organisations to support the national reconciliation movement. There are four stages to the RAP - Reflect, Innovate, Stretch, Elevate. A RAP is a strategic document that supports our business plan and includes practical actions to drive our contribution to reconciliation both internally and in the communities we operate in. It prepares our organisation for reconciliation initiatives, allowing us to scope and develop relationships with Aboriginal and…

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Biodiversity Stewardship could see Your Property Earn More

  Did you know the bushland on your property could help you generate passive income by simply preserving it?   If your bushland has been identified as being potentially high in biodiversity value, what does this mean? Well, in NSW, Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements are used by landholders wishing to generate and sell biodiversity credits under the Biodiversity Offset Scheme. They provide permanent conservation and management of the biodiversity values on your land, known as a Biodiversity Stewardship Site. In return you earn an additional income. How? Developers who clear native bushland or impact biodiversity are required to secure like-for-like biodiversity…

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Queensland Vegetation Offset Opportunities

Did you know that there is a pool of funds available for Queensland landholders from paid vegetation offsets that have resulted from development? The government has started to release some of the funds through vegetation offset tenders, that landholders can consider for their property. In relation to offsets, your property needs to meet the following criteria: The vegetation needs to be Category X, or remnant vegetation that can be improved The offset area can be grazed The offset area needs to be allowed to regrow to remnant vegetation The offset area could not be cleared in the future, though thinning…

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