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Environmental duty of care: from ethical principle towards a code of practice for the grazing industry in Queensland (Australia)

Greiner, Romy (2014). Environmental duty of care: from ethical principle towards a code of practice for the grazing industry in Queensland (Australia). Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics,27(4):527-547.

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IRMA ID 84376995xPUB78
Title Environmental duty of care: from ethical principle towards a code of practice for the grazing industry in Queensland (Australia)
Author Greiner, Romy
Journal Name Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 27
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1573-322X   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84890060855
Start Page 527
End Page 547
Total Pages 21
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Among the options of government for reducing negative environmental externalities from agriculture is the institution of a polluter statutory liability. An environmental duty of care imposes a statutory liability on agents who interact with the environment to avoid causing environmental harm. This paper documents environmental duty of care provisions governing landholders in Queensland, Australia, with specific reference to the 2007 Queensland State Rural Leasehold Land Strategy. The paper reports on a positive response by a group of leaseholders within the Northern Gulf Region in Queensland who developed a prototype environmental code of practice for grazing—a land use not previously covered by such an institution in Australia. The paper concludes that (1) a statutory environmental duty of care and specific forms of leasehold tenure are elements of an effective strategy for implementing an agricultural environmental ethics in north Australia’s rangelands and (2) a grazing industry code of practice is a practical and important tool for the grazing industry to safeguard its social licence to operate.
Keywords Agriculture
Conservation
Delbessie Agreement
Ecosystem services
Farmers
Land administration
Land tenure
Leasehold
Liability
Pastoralists
Stewardship
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10806-013-9475-6   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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