Improving the potential of biodiversity offsetting to reconcile development and conservation
Biodiversity offsetting involves attempting to compensate for environmental damage at one location by generating ecologically equivalent gains at another location. Usually the stated goal is ‘no net loss’ of biodiversity. This policy approach is increasingly being used in an attempt to reduce conflict between development (e.g. for mining and urbanisation) and conservation. However, despite rapid worldwide growth in offsetting, biodiversity offset decisions are often ad-hoc, nonstrategic, and made within a policy framework whose long-term implications are poorly understood. The program of research on biodiversity offsetting in the Landscape Ecology and Conservation Group aims to better understand these long-term implications, and develop approaches that reduce the risk of poor outcomes for biodiversity from offset trading. Several potential PhD project opportunities exist. Stipend: candidate must obtain an Australian Postgraduate Award (or equivalent) through The University of Queensland. Additional Funding: TBA.
Contact: Dr Eve McDonald-Madden