Report of a technical workshop held in Townsville 8-9 December 2003
Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2004
ISBN 0 642 55042 5
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About the report
On December 8-9 2003, a workshop was held in Townsville, Queensland, as the initial step in the development of a Decision Support System (DSS), which will guide strategic management intervention for Queensland wetlands. The primary motive for the workshop was to consolidate advice from a range of biophysical and socio-economic experts on the requirements of a DSS.
Two key issues emerged requiring consideration in the development of a DSS:
- the need for a hierarchy of criteria (being biophysical, socio-economic or institutional and governance). It was proposed by some participants that biophysical criteria should have primacy in the decision making process while others argued that all criteria should be given equal weight.
- the relative importance of restoration of degraded wetlands/floodplains versus the protection of the remaining relatively intact wetlands before they were degraded. It is anticipated that application of a robust and transparent DSS will assist in addressing such tensions particularly in relation to investment decision rules and result in decisions based on analysis of 'value for money' in relation to the objectives of the Great Barrier Reef Coastal Wetlands Protection Programme.