How to protect your grassland from climate change
By Chris JohnsonPublished March 18, 2018 05:22:31The grasslands of Australia are being decimated by climate change and we need to do something about it, says a new study.
It’s called the Grassland Preservation Society (GPS) and it’s based at Griffith University.
It is one of a number of organisations trying to get more grassland protected by the government and private land owners.
It was launched with the help of Australia’s National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in 2017, but the group has been doing research into how grasslands can survive as we transition into a warmer world.GPS president and CEO, Ian Goggin, says it’s important to have grasslands protected because they are the backbone of Australian society.
“A lot of our grasslands are not doing as well as they could and are very important for the way our communities function,” he said.
“They are also important for biodiversity and also provide for recreation.”GPS is also involved in the Grasslands Protection Network (GPPN) which aims to help private landowners in Australia develop policies and actions to protect their properties from climate changes.
Goggin says the government should be more transparent about the funding it provides to these groups, as well.
“There’s a lot of misinformation out there about these organisations,” he says.
“The government is funding them and they’re being funded by the private sector and not really looking at the impact of their actions on the grasslands and what impact they are having on them.”
The GPPN is currently looking at how to use its funding to protect more than 3,000 hectares of grasslands across Australia.
It has already received $1.7 million from the National Parks Service.
“We know that if you are going to spend your taxpayer dollars to protect grasslands, it has to be managed fairly,” said Goggins.
“That means you have to be accountable to the communities and the environment, you have a clear plan and it has got to be implemented.”
Goggins says grasslands need to be protected because their ability to hold water, feed animals and produce a crop is limited.
“When the grass is dry, it’s not producing anything,” he explained.
“You have to find ways to get rainwater out of the grass.
You have to put some kind of barrier in there.”
If you put that in place, you can have grassland that is going to be resilient.
“There are two ways to protect a grassland, said Gogsons.
The first is to put barriers around it and the second is to use artificial lighting to reduce the number of animals in the area.”
It’s not about protecting one particular site.
It’s about all of Australia, the whole country,” he added.
Gogsons believes the most important thing is to protect the grass as much as possible.”
The grassland preservation movement has been growing since the 1960s.GOGINS group is the largest grassland protection organisation in the world and GGPN has already raised more than $3 million for its projects, including an $80,000 grant from the Queensland Government in 2018.”
It’s important that you understand the natural history of the ecosystem and understand how that affects the grassland.”
The grassland preservation movement has been growing since the 1960s.GOGINS group is the largest grassland protection organisation in the world and GGPN has already raised more than $3 million for its projects, including an $80,000 grant from the Queensland Government in 2018.
The Grassland Protection Society is also a member of the Australian Greens, the Australian Socialist Party, the Green Party of Australia and the Socialist Party of South Australia.GPGN is now in the process of planning an event to raise awareness about the need to protect Australia’s grasslands.
It will be held at Griffith Park on the University of Queensland campus on March 18.