The law and economics of feral extermination: Legal and economic answers to eradicating the cane toad

Martin, Rhett (2015) The law and economics of feral extermination: Legal and economic answers to eradicating the cane toad. Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 32 (2). pp. 115-130. ISSN 0813-300X


The cane toad is a major environmental threat, but programs for its eradication/control are fragmented, ad hoc and seriously underfunded. They reflect a legal regime for feral eradication hampered by inefficient coordination and inconsistent legislative regimes, resulting in suboptimal eradication strategies created and managed at departmental level. The threat abatement plan (TAP) initiated by the federal government is hampered by this legal environment. There is no system in use in Australia for valuing biodiversity. As a result there is no accepted method to value biodiversity loss caused by the toad. Until that is rectified the underfunding of feral extermination will probably continue and our biodiversity will continue to decline as a result. Recommendations are made for legal reform of feral extermination laws, which should reflect the scale of the threat determined by a proper system for valuing biodiversity loss.

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Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2018 00:38
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2018 22:24
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies

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