Land Conservation

Human induced habitat fragmentation contributes to the extinction threat for many mammalian species, of which 27% are at risk. UQ researcher Dr Moreno Di Marco warns that “the more ‘connected’ we become, non-human life becomes increasingly disconnected, at their peril.”

The research, which presents satellite mapping of habitat loss (as shown in the featured image), was published in the high impact journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and also found here.

Improved conservation strategies are being developed by UQ’s School of Biological Sciences & the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, which include mathematical modelling to inform decision making on when (temporally) to spend limited resources, not only where (spatially) to spend them.

The research outlined that strategic delays in conservation efforts could be the key to protecting more species.

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Purnululu National Park World Heritage site in Western Australia

The ARC CEED’s Dr Matthew Holden suggests that conservation burial grounds – using burial fees to buy and manage new land – is a technique that could strengthen conservation efforts worldwide.

This technique has already been employed by seven cemeteries around the US, and could be a further step forward for natural burials existing throughout Australia, which prevent environmental damage from traditional burial practises such as the use of embalming chemicals (formaldehyde) and non-biodegradable materials.

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Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery in the US state of Florida

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