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Project 5.5 Lessons for policy from Australia’s experience with biodiversity offsets for conservation

Researcher: Dr Phil Gibbons, ANU (Leader), Sarah Bekessy, Megan Evans, David Johnson, Darren Le Roux, Ram Pandit, David Pannell, Nelida Vallisenor, Kerrie Wilson
The aim of this research is to evaluate  the effectiveness of biodiversity offsets for conserving biodiversity. The specific research questions are: (1) What are the net changes in biodiversity outcomes under biodiversity offsets programs relative to business-as-usual? We will compare the change in biodiversity outcomes before and after the introduction of biodiversity offset policies in different parts of Australia. (2) Do biodiversity offsets change the behaviour of developers ? We will test the hypothesis that, by imposing a shadow price on biodiversity, offsets create an incentive for developers to avoid &  mitigate a greater proportion of their impact. 

Dr Sarah Bekessy

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AffiliationRMIT University
Member of project(s)4.24.2b4.34.3a5.55.6
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Ms Megan Evans

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My research is focused on decision making and policy development for environmental issues, by drawing upon principles and tools from economics and conservation science.

I'm currently based at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. My PhD aims to examine the role of economic policy instruments in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management, with a particular focus on biodiversity and carbon offsets.

I am involved in a number of projects with the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub, including:

- An examination of the relative effectiveness of biodiversity offsets for conservation (Read More...

PositionPhD Student
Member of project(s)4.3a5.55.6
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Dr Phillip Gibbons

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Member of project(s)2.12.22.32.44.34.3a5.5
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Mr Darren Le Roux

My PHD research is based in Canberra, ACT focusing on three broad objectives:

1. Measuring the availability of vegetative resources (e.g. mature trees, hollows, woody debris) across dominant land use types, including nature reserves (semi-natural landscapes); grazed pastureland; and urban 'green space' (human modified landscapes).

2. Measuring the biodiversity value of native trees of varying sizes (small, medium and large trees) situated in different landscape contexts (urban, pasture, and reserve). 

3. Conducting a balanced field based experiment to test if artificial nest boxes are valid biodiversity offset and mitigation tools.  

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Asst. Prof. Dr Ram Pandit

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Professor David Pannell

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My role in the Hub is to bring economics strongly into the research program. I lead the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy at UWA, which has broad expertise and experience in applying economics to environmental problems. We specialise in approaches that integrate scientific, social and policy information within an economic framework to provide information that supports sound decision making about environmental issues. Our work encompasses both financial and intangible environmental outcomes of environmental changes, and risks as well as benefits.
I am directly involved in several projects in the NERP hub. Project 5.3 is attempting to develop a new approa ...
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PositionWinthrop Professor/ARC Federation Fellow & Node Leader
Member of project(s)3.3a4.15.35.45.55.7
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Dr Kerrie Wilson

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Kerrie Wilson is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (and UQ Node Leader for CEED and The NERP Environmental Decisions Hub). Kerrie is interested in applied conservation resource allocation problems, such as where to invest limited resources to protect biodiversity, to restore habitat, or manage systems. Her research program also focuses on the analysis of uncertainty (with a particular focus on the impact of climate change and other institutional and socio-political factors that influence the likelihood of investment success), landscape dynamics (e.g. the evaluation of land use scenarios and threatening processes), and biodiversity benefit (e.g. how to maximise biodiversity outcomes in restoration and ways to account for multiple benefits such a ...
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Member of project(s)1.41.73.3a3.74.14.35.55.6
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