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A site selection process for environmental offsetting purposes in Queensland

Lavery, Hugh & Gane, Michelle A. (2011) A site selection process for environmental offsetting purposes in Queensland. Queensland Environmental Practice Reporter, 16(74), pp. 157-167.

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Abstract

A method of selecting land in any region of Queensland for offsetting purposes is devised, employing uniform standards. The procedure first requires that any core natural asset lands, Crown environmental lands, prime urban and agricultural lands, and highly contentious sites in the region be eliminated from consideration. Other land is then sought that is located between existing large reservations and the centre of greatest potential regional development/disturbance.

Using the criteria of rehabilitation (rather than preservation) plus proximity to those officially defined Regional Ecosystems that are most threatened, adjacent sites that are described as ‘Cleared’ are identified in terms of agricultural land capability. Class IV lands – defined as those ‘which may be safely used for occasional cultivation with careful management’,2 ‘where it is favourably located for special usage’,3 and where it is ‘helpful to those who are interested in industry or regional planning or in reconstruction’4 – are examined for their appropriate area, for current tenure and for any conditions such as Mining Leases that may exist.

The positive impacts from offsets on adjoining lands can then be designed to be significant; examples are also offered in respect of riparian areas and of Marine Parks. Criteria against which to measure performance for trading purposes include functional lift, with other case studies about this matter reported separately in this issue.

The procedure takes no account of demand side economics (financial additionality), which requires commercial rather than environmental analysis.

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ID Code: 40364
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: offset, environmental banking
ISSN: 1323-7349
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS (050100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT (050200)
Divisions: Past > Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Resources
Deposited On: 02 Mar 2011 13:26
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2011 13:26

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