Australia needs better policy to end the alarming increase in land clearing

Megan C Evans, The University of Queensland Land-clearing laws are being fiercely debated in both Queensland and New South Wales. These two states are responsible for the majority of cleared land in Australia’s recent history. The latest assessment from Queensland shows that 296,000 hectares of vegetation was cleared in 2014-15. More than a third of … Continue reading Australia needs better policy to end the alarming increase in land clearing

Deforestation in Australia: drivers, trends and policy responses

Here is my presentation delivered at the Society for Conservation Biology – Oceania Conference this week in Brisbane, where I spoke within the symposium Conservation Oceania Style: Highlighting Oceania’s unique approaches to conservation biology and on ground outcomes The talk summarises my recent paper in a special issue of Pacific Conservation Biology. There's also a short summary in … Continue reading Deforestation in Australia: drivers, trends and policy responses

Queensland moves to control land clearing: other states need to follow

This article was originally published in The Conversation, and features my new paper published in Pacific Conservation Biology Queensland’s land clearing has yet again become a national issue. After laws were relaxed under the Liberal-National State government in 2013, land clearing rates tripled, undermining efforts to conserve wildlife and reduce carbon emissions. Now the current … Continue reading Queensland moves to control land clearing: other states need to follow

Future Earth Australia workshop #FutureEarthOz

Since February, I've been spending time at the Australian Academy of Science as an intern in their Science Policy team. As part of this role I recently had the privilege of attending  the Future Earth Australia workshop. Below is a summary of the event - also posted as a Storify (with tweets and images): https://storify.com/megcevans/future-earth-australia-workshop  Over 28-29th … Continue reading Future Earth Australia workshop #FutureEarthOz

My SHE XIX talk – now on SlideShare

I recently gave a talk at the  XIX International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology, 8th February 2013 - held at the Fenner School, ANU.Here I outline my approach for evaluating the impact of a) legislation restricting vegetation removal, and b) biodiversity offset policies on achieving a 'no net loss' in vegetation across Australia, as well … Continue reading My SHE XIX talk – now on SlideShare

2011 State of the Environment Report

The latest summary of the decline in Australia’s biodiversity was released last week. This year’s State of the Environment (SoE) report is an update of the previous version released in 2006. It also includes some research produced during my Honours year, in the 'Spatial distribution of pressures' section: Pressures affecting species listed as threatened nationally under the … Continue reading 2011 State of the Environment Report