Energy resources from the food bowl: an uneasy co-existence. Identifying and managing cumulative impacts of mining and agriculture

Collins, Nina, Everingham, Jo-Anne, Baumgartl, Thomas, Vink, Sue, Rodriguez, Daniel, Cavaye, Jim, Mulligan, David and Rifkin, Will (2013) Energy resources from the food bowl: an uneasy co-existence. Identifying and managing cumulative impacts of mining and agriculture :

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Author Collins, Nina
Everingham, Jo-Anne
Baumgartl, Thomas
Vink, Sue
Rodriguez, Daniel
Cavaye, Jim
Mulligan, David
Rifkin, Will
Title of report Energy resources from the food bowl: an uneasy co-existence. Identifying and managing cumulative impacts of mining and agriculture
Publication date 2013-09
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Start page 1
End page 92
Total pages 92
Language eng
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This study has identified key considerations and constraints in managing the cumulative impacts of multiple industries – cropping, grazing, mining and CSG extraction – on the Darling Downs (defined as Toowoomba Regional Council and Western Downs Regional Council areas).

We assessed impacts on the residents, society, environment, infrastructure and economy of the regional communities. This model of the '5 capitals‘ extends an economic development perspective to address 'assets‘ in a range of categories.

Employing this framework, our surveys and interviews revealed the most frequently mentioned concerns as being in relation to 'natural capital‘ (environment), followed by 'financial capital‘ (economic benefits). Interestingly, the perceptions expressed, when aggregated across respondents in different sectors (including mining, gas, and agriculture), suggested no significant impact on any of the 'capitals‘ over the past five years. For example, positive impacts noted by one sector with respect to some indicators averaged out against negative impacts noted by another sector with respect to indicators of that form of capital. These differences in perception indicate that co-existence of energy extraction and agriculture requires solutions that take into account social dimensions and subjective values rather than simply a technical solution.
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Additional Notes Authors prepub title: "Energy from the Foodbowl: An Uneasy Coexistence. Identifying and Measuring the Cumulative Impacts of Mining and Agriculture".

 
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