Rangeland Ecosystem Services Projects
|Project Name||NatureAssist - Queensland Australia|
|Project Sponsor||Department of Environment and Resource Management, Australia|
|Project Location||Queensland County, Australia Australia|
NatureAssist is a competitive tender process used to identify which tenders from Queensland landholders offer the best value for money in protecting and managing conservation values. An expert panel assesses tenders by analyzing the key indicators of a property's conservation value, and how the landholder proposes to manage it. Successful tenders are those that offer the best conservation outcome for the least overall cost.
Tendered activities for Rounds 1 and 2 ranged from stock-exclusion fencing, weed control, feral animal control, fire management plans, and installation and implementation of alternative stock-watering points.
Round 1: In 2007, approximately $1.7 million was committed to almost 60 landholders throughout Queensland, enabling about 40,000 hectares of land to be protected, while sustaining land-based businesses.
Round 2: Nearly $4 million of funding tenders from private landholders were successful under the second round.
Next: Negotiations to safeguard more than 350,000 hectares of private land through partnerships with landholders across the state are currently occurring.