Applying the concept of State of Good Repair to the management of ecological infrastructure

Gibbs, Mark T. (2016) Applying the concept of State of Good Repair to the management of ecological infrastructure. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 59(6), pp. 1091-1106.

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At any time, the condition of ecological infrastructure is related to the availability of funds to support operational management programmes. Environmental management outcomes are therefore often coupled to general economic conditions. When general economic conditions are favourable, investment in environmental management is often greater. This implies that environmental management frameworks need to be able to cope with the waxing and waning of economic conditions while still delivering acceptable environmental management and service delivery outcomes. At the onset of budget cuts, environmental managers therefore need effective ways of assessing the near and far future trade-offs of curtailing particular programmes in a defensible and internally consistent manner. Operators of large civil infrastructure assets face the same problem. In response, the asset management community has developed the State of Good Repair approach. The objective of the preliminary consideration presented here was to determine whether this engineering management approach has any merit in environmental management.

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ID Code: 97759
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: biodiversity conservation, ecological infrastructure, ecosystem management, ecosystem services, environmental management, willingness to pay
DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2015.1054925
ISSN: 0964-0568
Copyright Owner: 2016 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 29 Jul 2016 02:38
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2016 00:02

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