Dbytes is EDG’s internal eNewsletter. It gets sent to members and associates of EDG each week, and consists of small snippets of information relating to environmental decision making. They might be government documents, research articles, blogs or reports from other research groups. Here are five bytes from recent issues. If you would like to receive the Dbytes eNewsletter, send an email to David.Salt@anu.edu.au
1. Biodiversity offsets locking in species decline?
A Conversation blog by Martine Maron (EDG, UQld) and Ascelin Gordon (EDG, RMIT): “In a recent interview, the Opposition environment spokesperson Greg Hunt promised to reverse biodiversity decline in five years if the Coalition wins the forthcoming election. Is this goal achievable? Not the way we’re going. Our investment in enhancing biodiversity is not keeping pace with the factors driving biodiversity declines.”
2. Russian roulette with Australia’s national parks
Recent laws allowing hunting and logging in our parks are misguided. Our reserves protect biological diversity and shouldn’t be used otherwise. This is a feature article in The Guardian with several EDG coauthors (Hobbs, Lindenmayer, McCarthy, Parris and Possingham).
3. Repairing Aust’s landscapes for global change
And why we must do much more: A report on an expert roundtable, held at the University of Melbourne in February 2013, to consider the question: What are the benefits of large-scale reforestation and revegetation, and how can they best be achieved?
4. Terrestrial Report Card 2013
The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) has launched the Terrestrial Report Card 2013. The Card aims to summarise current information on known and expected impacts of climate change on terrestrial and freshwater biodiversity in Australia. The info presented is aimed at a wide audience, from managers, policy makers and scientists, to the general public. The Report Card also recommends adaptation options, and highlights current knowledge gaps in the field of climate change research.
5. The MERI Strategy
DSEWPaC released the Monitoring Evaluation Reporting and Improvement Strategy: Caring for our Country and the Biodiversity Fund (The MERI Strategy). The strategy outlines how the monitoring and evaluation process relates to both the second phase of Caring for our Country (2013-2018) and the Biodiversity Fund (2012-2018).