Smart allocation of restoration funds

More than a quarter of Australia’s native forest and woodlands have been cleared since European settlement. Vegetation restoration is urgently needed to avoid further loss of species and ecosystem services such as clean air and water.

Natural area managers are faced with the challenge of how to make public expenditure on restoration cost effective, efficient and transparent.

Since 2014, our researchers have been working with City of Gold Coast local government colleagues to develop decision-support tools to help allocate restoration funds for vegetation recovery across some 800 conservation parks, covering 12,000 hectares.

The project team has clarified the fundamental outcomes that matter for deciding how to allocate funds and compiled critical new information on the costs and timeframes required to recover vegetation across different ecosystems and locations.

This work will guide future management decisions about where to undertake restoration work in an environment with competing priorities.

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