MorguefileCC DianneHope AustraliaFarmCountryside ed3In the new issue of Journal of Applied Ecology, our researchers share their findings on which outcome-based payment methods used in private land conservation were most successful in benefiting biodiversity. The team, led by Dr Jane McDonald, compared different outcome-based payment methods. They found that biodiversity outcomes were highly dependent on the payment method used, with some outperforming others.

The goal of private land conservation is to increase biodiversity by paying private landholders for maintaining conservation areas on their properties. Payments are either input-based or output-based. Not much is known about improving biodiversity through the strategic use of outcome-based payments, which is what our researchers sought to address. The research findings contribute to policy and provide advice to those who wish to select the most appropriate method which will also lead to the best biodiversity outcomes.


McDonald JA, Helmstedt KJ, Bode M, Coutts S, McDonald-Madden E, Possingham HP. 2018. Improving private land conservation with outcome‚Äźbased biodiversity paymentsJournal of Applied Ecology 55 (3): 1476-1485.


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