Animal Biodiversity and Conservation. Volume 35.2 (2012) Pages: 295-306

Common–interest community agreements on private lands provide opportunity and scale for wildlife management

Powell, L.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2012.35.0295

Abstract

Private lands are critical to conservation planning for wildlife, worldwide. Agriculture subsidies, tax incentives, and conservation easements have been successfully used as tools to convert cropland to native vegetation. However, uncertain economies threaten the sustainability of these incentives. The wildlife management profession is in need of innovative models that support effective management of populations. I argue that biologists should consider the option of facilitating the development of private reserves to reduce the dependence of conservation on public investment. Private reserves can be enhanced by creating common–interest communities, which reduce the problem posed by limited size of individual properties. Cross–property agreements between landowners can provide economic incentives through forms of ecotourism, energy production, and/or enhanced agricultural production. I share two case studies that demonstrate how cross–property agreements may be beneficial to landowner’s finances and conservation of diverse wildlife communities, as well as providing an efficient structure for NGOs and management agencies to engage and support landowners.

Keywords

Conservation biology, Conservancy, Economics, Landscape, Policy, Private lands

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Powell, L., 2012. Common–interest community agreements on private lands provide opportunity and scale for wildlife management. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation, 35: 295-306, DOI: https://doi.org/10.32800/abc.2012.35.0295

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Reception date:

13/02/2012

Acceptation date:

05/09/2012

Publication date:

06/11/2012

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