Environmental Management

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 463–469 | Cite as

Managing an Endangered Asian Bovid in an Australian National Park: The Role and Limitations of Ecological-Economic Models in Decision-Making

  • Barry W. BrookEmail author
  • David M. J. S. Bowman
  • Corey J. A. Bradshaw
  • Bruce M. Campbell
  • Peter J. Whitehead


Should north Australia’s extensive populations of feral animals be eradicated for conservation, or exploited as a rare opportunity for Indigenous enterprise in remote regions? We examine options for a herd of banteng, a cattle species endangered in its native Asian range but abundant in Garig Gunak Barlu National Park, an Aboriginal land managed jointly by traditional owners and a conservation agency in the Northern Territory of Australia. We reflect on the paradoxes that arise when trying to deal effectively with such complex and contested issues in natural resource management using decision-support tools (ecological-economic models), by identifying the trade-offs inherent in protecting values whilst also providing incomes for Indigenous landowners.


Conservation values Exotic animals Hybrid economy Indigenous people Transaction costs Wildlife management 



This work was done by the Key Centre for Tropical Wildlife Management, Charles Darwin University, under funding from the Australian Research Council Linkage Grant (LP0349305). We thank the participants of the DIVERSITAS Workshop: Integrated Modelling of Economies and Ecosystems (Paris, 2004) for their helpful comments on the preliminary work. Three anonymous reviewers provided good suggestions to improve the manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry W. Brook
    • 1
    Email author
  • David M. J. S. Bowman
    • 1
  • Corey J. A. Bradshaw
    • 1
  • Bruce M. Campbell
    • 1
  • Peter J. Whitehead
    • 1
  1. 1.School for Environmental Studies, Institute of Advanced StudiesCharles Darwin UniversityDarwinAustralia

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