Implementing an outcomes-based approach to marine biodiversity offsets: lessons from the Great Barrier Reef

Bell, Justine (2016) Implementing an outcomes-based approach to marine biodiversity offsets: lessons from the Great Barrier Reef. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 23 3: 314-329. doi:10.1080/14486563.2015.1081837


Author Bell, Justine
Title Implementing an outcomes-based approach to marine biodiversity offsets: lessons from the Great Barrier Reef
Journal name Australasian Journal of Environmental Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1448-6563
2159-5356
Publication date 2016-04-18
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14486563.2015.1081837
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 23
Issue 3
Start page 314
End page 329
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Environmental offsets are widely used internationally, and are becoming a standard feature in project approvals in Australia, including in the Great Barrier Reef (‘GBR’) region. Marine ecosystems are unique, and novel approaches to offsets are needed. The GBR region offers an interesting case study in this regard, with new initiatives diverting offsets imposed on seagrass removal projects into programs aimed at reducing diffuse-source pollution. This article will analyse the offsets framework in the GBR region, and consider whether any safeguards or reforms are needed. It concludes that outcomes-based offset conditions should be used, with impacts on a marine ecosystem only offset by establishing or rehabilitating another marine ecosystem. Reducing diffuse-source pollution is a means to achieve this goal, but it should be merely a vehicle rather than the destination.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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