Prepared for the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
by CRC for Coastal Zone Estuary and Waterway Management, 2005
The purpose of this study was to provide recommendations to the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts on an appropriate mix of incentives to increase sustainable land management practices on freehold and leasehold land, particularly with reference to wetland areas in the Great Barrier Reef catchment NRM regions. The study consists of three separate but linked investigations.
Volume 1 consists of a socio-economic and demographic profile of the Natural Resource Management regions (as defined under NHT2 and NAPSWQ) in the Great Barrier Reef catchment; it also gives an assessment of the level of institutional support for sustainable land management as well as opportunities provided to private and leasehold land managers in each region for participation in planning.
Volume 2 provides a review of the existing incentives available in Queensland to address the failure of the market to protect the condition of the environment. It concentrates on incentives that encourage, through the application of a range of policy instruments, land management practices that improve the condition of the environment, especially those designed to improve water quality entering the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) lagoon. This analysis forms the basis for identifying criteria for effective incentive programs.
Volume 3 comprises an assessment of landowner knowledge, attitudes and participation in sustainable land management and conservation of wetlands; it also identifies underlying factors influencing landholders’ adoption of sustainable land management practices. Current levels of awareness and participation in existing incentive schemes were examined.
The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Australian Government or the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts or the Minister for Climate Change and Water
The studies were completed in 2005 and some web links within the reports may now be redundant.