Considering the economic and social impacts of protecting environmental values in specific Moreton Bay/SEQ, Mary River Basin/Great Sandy Strait Region and Douglas Shire waters (Report prepared for the Environmental Protection Agency, Queensland Government)

Rolfe, John and Donaghy, Peter and Alam, Khorshed and O'Dea, Grant and Miles, Robert (2005) Considering the economic and social impacts of protecting environmental values in specific Moreton Bay/SEQ, Mary River Basin/Great Sandy Strait Region and Douglas Shire waters (Report prepared for the Environmental Protection Agency, Queensland Government). Project Report. Central Queensland University, Institute for Sustainable Regional Development, Rockhampton, Australia.

Abstract

The results of this research demonstrate that there are very large and damaging economic and social impacts associated with potential further declines in water quality. Because conservative estimates have been used to assess most impacts, these results are probably understated. The case for averting these impacts by at least maintaining current water quality levels is very strong. It is expected that reductions in sediment and nutrient loads will be needed in some waterways simply to avoid further declines in water quality standards. These results indicate strong justification exists for current Government programs to improve water quality, as well as for further program work. There is also a strong case for improving water quality above current standards through advanced intervention strategies. These are general findings, and there will need to be some sensitivity to individual sites where variations in loads and appropriate intervention strategies can be expected. More detailed economic analysis would be required to assess the net benefits of those strategies at individual sites, under the general framework and conclusions outlined above.


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Item Type: Report (Project Report)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This report is copyright with Central Queensland University.
Depositing User: Dr Khorshed Alam
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics and Resource Management
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 01:21
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: cost-effectiveness analysis, South-east Queensland, water quality improvement, catchment modelling
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960709 Urban Water Policy
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960611 Urban Water Evaluation (incl. Water Quality)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7834

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