Managing What Matters

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The cost of environmental decline in South East Queensland

Managing What Matters is a call to arms to increase awareness of the need to protect and improve South East Queensland’s declining natural resource assets.

It is an economic study into the impact of environmental decline in South East Queensland. Commissioned by SEQ Catchments in 2009, the work is part of our commitment to the quality NRM planning in Queensland and measures for the first time the social cost to the community and the impact on business of environmental decline in South East Queensland.

It found:

  • The social cost of this decline is estimated conservatively to be $5.2 billion over the next two decades.
  • 90 per cent of those that took part in the research believe that protecting the environment is equal to or more important than economic growth.
  • Respondents indicated they would be prepared to pay almost $300 per household per annum to avoid a decline in resource conditions from the current level
  • A ‘do nothing more’ scenario will put at risk up to $8 billion in potential turnover for the tourism industry in South East Queensland over the next 20 years.
  • The $1.2 billion primary production industry will continue to suffer productivity and profitability risk from declining resource condition.

Managing What Matters – Full Report

Managing What Matters – Summary Report