Biodiversity in Agriculture and Agroforestry

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  • Published: 1 Jun 2002

  • Author(s): Paltridge, Nick

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In recent years, there has been growing interest in developing agricultural production systems
that can be sustained over the longer term. Concurrently, there has been increasing emphasis
on farm forestry plantations in Australia, driven by increasing demand for timber, and by
environmental imperatives such as the need to better manage water resources and mitigate
dryland salinity.
Against this background, the Joint Venture Agroforestry Program has funded a series of
projects to investigate potential synergies between farm forestry and biodiversity
The purpose of this document is to investigate a number of questions relating to biodiversity
in agriculture and farm forestry, as background to this broad initiative. The report is based on
literature review, interviews and consultation with experts in both academic and commercial
sectors. Given the broad subject matter, however, few answers are definitive, and the report
is intended primarily as a starting point for further consideration.
RIRDC’s involvement in this project and in the Joint Venture Agroforestry Program is part of
the Corporation’s Agroforestry and Farm Trees R&D Program, which aims to foster
integration of sustainable and productive agroforestry within Australian farming systems.