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). pp. 527-547.

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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.

Item ID: 30224
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-322X
Keywords: land tenure, Delbessie Agreement, farmers, pastoralists, stewardship, ecosystem services, conservation, liability, land administration, leasehold, agriculture
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2013 07:38
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development @ 100%
SEO Codes: 82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8298 Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production > 829899 Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production not elsewhere classified @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960904 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management @ 50%
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