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Progressing the consideration of indigenous biodiversity in farm planning processes in New Zealand

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posted on 2023-05-03, 21:43 authored by Fleur Maseyk, Estelle DominatiEstelle Dominati, Russell Death, Alec MackayAlec Mackay
Farm planning processes have long been based on land evaluation, and although this analysis conceptually includes other biotic and abiotic factors beyond just land, they have typically focused on soils and land-use capability. The need to broaden this scope to more explicitly include biodiversity, ecosystem service provision, and sustainability considerations has been internationally recognised. Indigenous terrestrial and aquatic features represent a considerable asset to the farm system yet, to date, farm planning processes in New Zealand have largely failed to account for this natural capital stock and its contribution to the current or future business. Substantial knowledge gaps and lack of empirical data across many biodiversity metrics, limited institutional capacity, and lack of investment and on-going costs, are all factors contributing to the lack of integration of biodiversity considerations in farm planning processes. The net effect is the on-going depletion and degradation of indigenous biodiversity on-farm. We do, however, have an existing mechanism, in the form of ‘whole farm plans’, that could be utilised to integrate biodiversity natural capital and its management into farm planning and we illustrate the feasibility of this approach using a case study from the Waikato Region.


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New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research




Maseyk, F. J. F., Dominati, E. J., Death, R. G., & Mackay, A. D. (2021). Progressing the consideration of indigenous biodiversity in farm planning processes in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research. doi:10.1080/00288233.2021.1945639

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