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Reducing the Impacts of Development on Wildlife

By: James Gleeson and Deborah Gleeson

234 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour tables


Paperback | Apr 2012 | #197175 | ISBN-13: 9780643100329
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The rapidly increasing number of threatened flora and fauna species worldwide is one of the chief problems confronting environmental professionals today. This problem is largely due to the impact humans have had on land use through development (e.g. agricultural, residential, industrial, infrastructure and mining developments).

The requirement for developers to implement measures to reduce the impacts of development on wildlife is underpinned by government legislation. A variety of measures or strategies are available to reduce such impacts, including those to reduce impacts on flora and fauna during land clearance, to deter fauna from potential hazards, to facilitate the movement of fauna around and through a development site as well as those to provide additional habitat. In recent years, considerable advances have been made in the techniques used to reduce the impacts of development on wildlife in Australia and overseas.

"Reducing the Impacts of Development on Wildlife" contains a comprehensive range of practical measures to assist others to reduce the impacts resulting from development on terrestrial flora and fauna, and promotes ecologically sustainable development. It will be very useful to environmental consultants and managers, developers, strategists, policy makers and regulators, as well as community environmental groups and students.

This well-researched book provides an excellent basis for approaching and solving problems associated with impact assessment and mitigation. It gives an overview of techniques and solutions with the objectives of conservation of wildlife that can be applied to most projects. Such a practical book is a 'must-read' for every environmental manager, particularly those involved in consulting and local government.
- Dr Martin Denny, Fellow of the Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Past-president of the Ecological Consultants Association of NSW

"This book should not be on the shelf of every ecologist, consultant or developer - it needs to lie open on their desk, sit at the top of their field bag and be widely discussed around the lunch-room table. Indeed - if your copy is not dog-eared and well-worn, you are clearly not doing your job properly! The book is well-written, clearly laid out and provides a huge array of practical strategies and techniques to mitigate the effects of developments on wildlife."
- Dr Rodney van der Ree, Deputy Director of the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne


1 Introduction 2 Potential impacts of development on flora and fauna 3 Selecting measures to reduce impacts of development on wildlife - why an understanding of ecology is fundamental 4 Avoiding impacts on flora and fauna 5 Modifying human behaviour to reduce impacts of development on flora and fauna 6 Measures to reduce direct fauna and flora mortality during land clearance 7 Measures to exclude or deter fauna from a development site 8 Measures to promote safe movement of fauna around and through a development site 9 Measures to minimise habitat degradation near a development site 10 Measures to provide additional habitat for flora and fauna impacted by development 11 Ex situ measures for conservation of flora and fauna 12 Environmental offsets 13 Monitoring 14 Adaptive management 15 Concluding remarks

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James Gleeson has a background in ecological research, consulting and management. He has spent the past decade working for some of the largest mining and infrastructure projects around Australia. James works alongside some of Australia's leading botanists, zoologists and ecologists to develop measures to overcome disparities between development and conservation of biodiversity. James received his Bachelor of Science with Honours from the University of Queensland.

Deborah Gleeson has specialised in fauna and flora for over a decade, during which time she gained a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology, and worked as a field ecologist and ecological project manager for environmental consulting companies, among other roles. Deborah has played a key role in recommending measures to reduce impacts on flora and fauna for a variety of residential, commercial, industrial, infrastructure and mining developments. Deborah is an Honorary Fellow at Griffith University School of Environment.

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