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Title: Coastal ecosystems management case study: Baffle basin
Authors: Holmes, G.
McGrath, C.
Larsen, J.
Hockings, M.
Moss, P.
Year of publication: 2013
Year: 2013
Publisher: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Place of publication: Townsville
Type of document: Report
Abstract: Development and ongoing management of land in the Great Barrier Reef catchment for agriculture, urban and industrial use or for mining and petroleum extraction can damage or remove the ecosystem functions and processes that are important for the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (World Heritage Area). This case study examines the control mechanisms for development within the Baffle basin, a relatively undeveloped catchment at the southern end of the World Heritage Area. Specifically, it looks at the current and proposed agricultural, urban, industrial and mining development and the associated infrastructure requirements, and how the potential impacts on the ecosystem processes of the World Heritage Area are being or can be managed to maintain coastal ecosystem connectivity and function.
Connection to GBRMPA: GBRMPA published this item
Rights: Prepared on 14 June 2013 for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority by: Glen Holmes, Chris McGrath, Josh Larsen, Marc Hockings and Patrick Moss - School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Queensland
Subjects: River basins
Catchment area
Coastal environment
Geographic features
World heritage
Social values
Coastal development
Water quality
Coastal communities
Farmers and graziers
Mackay/Capricorn Management Area
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