The plan to protect wildlife displaced by the Hume Highway has failed

David Lindenmayer, Australian National University; Martine Maron, The University of Queensland; Megan C Evans, The University of Queensland, and Philip Gibbons, Australian National University It’s no secret that human development frequently comes at a cost to other creatures. As our urban footprint expands, native habitat contracts. To compensate for this, most Australian governments require developers … Continue reading The plan to protect wildlife displaced by the Hume Highway has failed

Hume Highway nestbox offset: ecological, economic and governance failure

Our new paper in Biological Conservation has been featured in an article on ABC News: A review of a $200,000 effort to protect animals impacted by a major roadworks project in southern NSW has found its attempts to assist the survival of threatened species have failed. Researchers spent four years assessing the Southern Hume Highway Duplication … Continue reading Hume Highway nestbox offset: ecological, economic and governance failure

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

Gina vs. the reef? A plea for informed debate on biodiversity offsets

I never thought I'd be in a situation where I felt the need to defend Gina Rinehart. I'm pro-mining tax, love the Great Barrier Reef, pro-divestment and pro-safe climate. But, I want an informed debate on these issues - and in the case of the proposed Abbot Point coal terminal development, we need to have a decent understanding of the environmental policies which … Continue reading Gina vs. the reef? A plea for informed debate on biodiversity offsets

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