The money or the trees: What drives landholders' participation in biodiverse carbon plantings?

Torabi, N, Mata, L, Gordon, A, Garrard, G, Westcott, W, Dettman, P and Bekessy, S 2016, 'The money or the trees: What drives landholders' participation in biodiverse carbon plantings?', Global Ecology and Conservation, vol. 7, pp. 1-11.

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Title The money or the trees: What drives landholders' participation in biodiverse carbon plantings?
Author(s) Torabi, N
Mata, L
Gordon, A
Garrard, G
Westcott, W
Dettman, P
Bekessy, S
Year 2016
Journal name Global Ecology and Conservation
Volume number 7
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Carbon farming programs typically aim to maximise landholder participation rates to achieve desired environmental outcomes. This is critical for programs aiming to tackle both climate change and biodiversity loss simultaneously, as landholder participation in those schemes directly determines the level of carbon sequestered and the potential biodiversity gains. Biodiverse carbon planting is a key private land conservation practice that needs active stakeholder involvement to deliver successful policy design and implementation. In this study we developed a Bayesian Belief Network (BBN) of landholder participation in biodiverse carbon planting schemes to determine factors most likely to influence program participation. An initial conceptual model was developed based on a review of the literature. The model was refined through interviews with participating landholders and other key stakeholders and, finally, parameterised using expert-elicited information. Our results indicate that participation rates are most influenced by program attractiveness and the identified values of co-benefits (such as biodiversity conservation) rather than financial incentives. Scenario evaluation revealed that providing a combination of biodiversity incentives with more flexible permanence options could increase the program adoption rate. Stacking or bundling credits combined with contract agreements is also likely to increase the participation rate. These findings can assist policy development by focusing on the aspects of policy design most likely to increase participation.
Subject Conservation and Biodiversity
Keyword(s) Bayesian Belief Networks (BBNs)
Biodiverse carbon planting
Biodiversity conservation
Landholder participation
Policy design
Private land conservation
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.gecco.2016.03.008
Copyright notice © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
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