Avoiding Environmental Bankruptcy: the grazing impacts of red kangaroos and sheep [ 2006 - 2009 ]

Research Grant

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Researchers Dr AJ Munn; Prof CR Dickman; A/Prof MB Thompson

Brief description Overgrazing is one of the most serious environmental and economic problems in Australia. By mitigating overgrazing, our project has three major benefits. Firstly, quantification of the foraging requirements for free-ranging sheep and kangaroos will, for the first time, allow us to identify sustainable practices that prevent overgrazing and contribute to significant land recovery. Secondly, a new mechanistic model for predicting herbivore dynamics will allow us to evaluate potential impacts of climate change on future grazing pressures. Thirdly, our results will inform management plans to sustain Australia's arid rangelands as productive, bio-diverse environments, which currently provide economic returns in excess of $20 billion p.a.

Funding Amount $259,340

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