It all adds up: port development on the Great Barrier Reef
By Alana Grech, Macquarie University
Do we consider the cumulative impact of ports on the Great Barrier Reef when deciding whether or not to allow a development the green light? The answer is no.
The Australian and Queensland Government’s assessment process suffers from serious weaknesses. Environmental impact statements (EIS) are fundamentally flawed as they do not incorporate past, present and future impacts external to ports. Even when information is shared amongst port developers, the assessment of cumulative impacts remains weak. The lack of clear guidelines for assessing cumulative impacts in EIS indicates regulatory inadequacy at multiple levels of Government.
We provide recommendations that will fix this problem without increasing the dreaded ‘green tape’.
Read the full article at The Conversation.