In Australia in 1996, the National Farmers Federation (NFF) and the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) joined forces to campaign for an expanded National Landcare Programme leading up to the year 2000 requiring at least $130 million per year. The two organizations have developed a plan which calls for separate funding for the introduction of taxation rebates and credits for all landholders for conservation work, such as the protection of remnant vegetation and revegetation, control of feral animals, and the protection of biodiversity. Taxation deductions are advocated to promote donation to natural conservation trusts. Funds are also to improve property management by supporting an integrated approach to primary production, natural resource management and biodiversity conservation. Water management and development of user-friendly environmental indicators are also priority areas. This activity is part of the Decade of Landcare launched by the Australian government in 1989.
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The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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