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Harnessing private sector conservation of biodiversity

Commission research paper

This paper was released on 4 December 2001 it provides an economic perspective on the role the private sector can play in conservation of biodiversity. It also focuses on opportunities for governments to facilitate biodiversity conservation by enabling markets to allocate resources better.

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With more than 60 per cent of Australia's land area under private management, conservation cannot be adequately addressed without private sector participation according to a report released by the Productivity Commission.

The Commission Research Paper - Harnessing Private Sector Conservation of Biodiversity - says it is important from both an ecological and economic perspective that private sector provision of biodiversity conservation is as efficient and effective as possible.

Commissioner Neil Byron said, 'The potential contribution of private markets needs to be harnessed if we are to succeed in addressing the ongoing loss of biodiversity in this country'.

The report found that governments could improve both biodiversity conservation and economic outcomes by removing unnecessarily restrictive regulatory constraints on private resource users and managers, while clarifying their rights and responsibilities for biodiversity conservation and establishing appropriate cost sharing frameworks.

Cover, Copyright, Foreword, Contents, Acknowledgments, Abbreviations, Overview

1 Conservation of biodiversity
1.1 Biodiversity is important
1.2 Public and private conservation of biodiversity

2 Public and private provision in perspective
2.1 Public sector conservation
2.2 Private sector conservation
2.3 Summary

3 Enabling private markets
3.1 Modifying or removing institutional constraints
3.2 Improving the competitive environment
3.3 Property rights and cost sharing principles
3.4 Creating new markets
3.5 Summary

4 Conclusion