Benefits of Private Land Conservation
Private land conservation is growing in global standing as a corner stone of agricultural sustainability. Increasingly, farm producers are becoming aware of the integral role that a healthy landscape, including its biodiversity, has on land and farm productivity.
Some of the benefits that flow onto landholders who apply a private land conservation agreement on their land include:
- Potentially positioning your agribusiness and its produce with sustainability credentials and corporate social responsibility – showcasing good corporate citizenship - possibly giving you access to new or expanded markets for your produce,
- Direct improvements in land and farm productivity by addressing key threats such as mitigation of drought, fire, flood, and climate change,
- Using co-ordinated measures that deal with threats posed by pests by using strategies that increase survival rates of stock while helping native animals to prosper,
- Understanding the right levels of grazing pressure in native grasslands that help to continue the growth and avoids the effects of over grazing, including the loss of top soil and the cost of importing feed,
- Improving risk strategies in farm planning which are looked at by finance and insurance brokers and companies which may help gain better access to finance for business growth and reducing premiums in the future,
- Being able to access the latest in research from leading bodies including the CSIRO, Fenner School at the Australian National University and other leading research facilities on practices that both improve land and farm productivity whilst protecting biodiversity,
- Developing future eco-tourism opportunities to diversify land income streams and help support greater community interest in visiting places with native vegetation and where farming and native vegetation work together,
- Tools to better market your produce, including support around branding and marketing to help reach markets that want to know the story about your product, whether food or fibre,
- Potentially having an increased and diversified farm income by diversifying on farm activity to include protection and conservation with grazing and cropping activities, and
- Being connected with other landholders across NSW who are also protecting land to share experiences and increase a sense of belonging.
As a landholder, we are inviting you to become a partner in our program that will work with and help support your hard work on the land or farm while helping to deal with some of our environmental challenges.
To read about stories from other landholders involved in private land conservation, please click here
To find out how to get involved please click here