The ACEAS Great Debate: Will European land use devastate Australia’s unique biodiversity?
Australia’s landscape has changed dramatically since the arrival of Europeans 224 years ago.
The Australian environment has had to deal with massive changes, including agriculture, introduced plants and animals, cities, highways, irrigation, increased population, the decline of traditional land management, and much more.
The ACEAS Great Debate asked some important questions. What are the impacts to the Australian landscape? How has our unique biodiversity been affected?
Can a compromise be struck between European land use practices and protecting our unique biodiversity, or should we give up now?
And most importantly, how can we plan for a sustainable future?
Some of Australia’s top scientists and land managers debated these questions, building on the work of The Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS).
The debate concluded the 2012 ACEAS Grand Workshop, where scientists had been crunching data and knowledge on animal and plant extinctions and how we can best manage our fragile land.
View videos form the event
Positive: Jasmyn Lynch
Positive: Chris Johnson
Positive: David Keith
Negative: David Bowman
Negative: Barry Brook
Negative: Wayne Meyer
The Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS) is a Facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN).
ACEAS supports the integration and synthesis of ecosystem data and information across relevant disciplines and Australian institutions, thereby enhancing and accelerating our knowledge and understanding of science, and improving our policy and management decision-making.
ACEAS links ecosystem scientists and environmental managers from across and within disciplines, providing support that enables individuals and groups to spend dedicated time concentrating on specific ecosystem science and management issues.
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