My project will study the baseline condition trajectories and assumptions used in environmental offset policy for Queensland’s Galilee Basin to determine whether these can realistically achieve key offset objectives of no net loss for threatened species such as the Black-throated Finch (Poephila cincta cincta). This will involve modelling of baseline trajectories for the Finch across the region as well as future scenario modelling of ‘business as usual’ and offset scenarios for Black-throated Finch habitat in priority offset areas. Potential gains and losses for these scenarios will be calculated and compared to determine the potential averted loss and restoration credits for Black-throated Finch in priority offset areas.

Advisors: Assoc Prof Martine MaronDr April Reside

 

Project members

Brad Dreis

Brad DREIS

MPhil candidate