A case for integrating indigenous biodiversity into on-farm planning

Fleur JF Maseyk, Estelle J Dominati, Alec D Mackay
2018 Journal of New Zealand Grasslands  
A considerable proportion of remaining indigenous species-dominant vegetation occurs on farmland inprivate ownership outside of the public conservation estate. This is particularly true of lowland settings,where native ecosystem representation is critically low. An opportunity exists to link indigenous biodiversityoutcomes on private land with the need to improve the delivery of broad ecosystem services fromfarm systems, at the same time reducing farming's environmental footprint and improving
more » ... rint and improving farm resilienceto major climatic events. This discussion paper (i) highlights the current status of indigenous biodiversityon-farm (ii) explores the current status of research on the integration of indigenous biodiversity intoexisting farm planning initiatives and (iii) demonstrates through two case studies, the potential contribution ofindigenous biodiversity to economic, environmental, cultural and social outcomes on and beyond thefarm. While the condition and function of indigenous vegetation contributes to conservation outcomes, thisis just one, albeit important, relevant farm system outcome.
doi:10.33584/jnzg.2018.80.361 fatcat:vkvqvd56sjanphlffmti26kelm