The legal and institutional dimensions of biodiversity offsetting

This is Part 5 of a series of posts outlining the research journey of my PhD so far. Read the previous entries: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 Over two days in January 2015, fifteen academics and professionals from law, economics, business, ecology and policy came together to discuss biodiversity offsetting - but … Continue reading The legal and institutional dimensions of biodiversity offsetting

Environmental offset policy and bridging the science-policy divide

The latest issue of Decision Point magazine features a brief article outlining some the "co-benefits" that have been generated through the collaboration between the Department of the Environment and researchers from the Environmental Decisions Group which resulted in EPBC Act environmental offsets assessment guide.  I've previously blogged about this collaboration here, but as mentioned in … Continue reading Environmental offset policy and bridging the science-policy divide

Findings tabled from the Senate Inquiry into Environmental Offsets

A report into the recent Senate inquiry into environmental offsets has now been tabled - you can download the full report here. The inquiry was set up earlier in the year by the Australian Greens with the support of the Labor Party, and generated a fair bit of media at the time (here, here and here). I'm … Continue reading Findings tabled from the Senate Inquiry into Environmental Offsets

Biodiversity offsets in practice: the case of the Striped Legless Lizard

Last week I joined a field trip run as part of the Biodiversity Conservation (ENVS3039) course at the ANU.  The students have been introduced to the concept of biodiversity offsetting during lectures, but now they can put that knowledge into practice. As part of their assessment, the students were asked to develop a biodiversity offset proposal to compensate … Continue reading Biodiversity offsets in practice: the case of the Striped Legless Lizard

Calculating the benefits of conservation actions

In the new issue of Decision Point magazine, Martine Maron from UQ has penned an article on a collaboration I was involved with between researchers in the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub, and the Australian  Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC) staff. ............................................................................................. It’s projected that nearly a billion hectares of terrestrial ecosystems will … Continue reading Calculating the benefits of conservation actions

A modest proposal to import a notoriously invasive carnivore to eat all our lambs and native wildlife

Unlike Jonathan Swift's famous suggestion to serve Irish children stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled, or even Meijaard and Sheil's recent call for wealthy countries to reforest their land for the common good - the current proposal to import the European red fox (Vulpes vulpes) into Australia for "private keeping as pets and potential breeding for commercial … Continue reading A modest proposal to import a notoriously invasive carnivore to eat all our lambs and native wildlife