Land use change is one of the greatest threats to biodiversity globally, leading to direct species mortality and habitat loss.
The Conservation Hierarchy can be used to guide diverse actions across stakeholder groups towards a united goal for reducing and reversing the impact of land use change on nature. For example, this diagram illustrates some cross-cutting actions that could be taken across different stakeholder groups towards the goal of net gain in global forest area by 2030:
Specific case studies of practical application of the Conservation Hierarchy principles for land use planning include:
- The Nature Conservancy’s Development by Design initiative
- The State of Victoria’s net gain in native vegetation policy
- Oxford University’s Partnership for Operationalising the Conservation Hierarchy (OxPOCH)
- Balfour Beatty’s Biodiversity Net Gain Good practice principles for development