Land management problems could be solved by learning from the example of indigenous people before white settlement, the Queensland premier says.
Campbell Newman said indigenous Australians had much better land management practices that most people realised and he had discussed the approach with Australia's climate change commissioner Tim Flannery on Tuesday.
'I have a view that the landscape needs to be better managed and we have to have a really good look at what the traditional practices were of Aboriginal peoples,' he told reporters in Brisbane on Tuesday.
'The landscape, arguably, that white settlers first encountered in 1788 was a managed landscape.
'And I think a lot of ... intellectual property has been lost over the last 200 years about what was actually going on.'
Prof Flannery earlier said he called Mr Newman to discuss serious concerns that Queensland was not doing enough to protect its plants and animals.
'I told him there was a problem with biodiversity conservation in Queensland and something needed to be done about it,' he told ABC radio.
'He (the premier) was very positive. I thought he was very interested in solutions.'
Prof Flannery said protecting Australia's incredible biodiversity was above politics.
'We are the custodians of it and if we can cost effectively preserve it there is no argument to not doing so,' he said.