The economic value of rivers

The aims of this research was to work with communities, businesses and the government to identify the uses, values and benefits of three of Australia’s tropical rivers and to quantify some of them in dollar terms so that their extent and importance could be accounted for in decision making.  The project examined how the uses, values and benefits of the river have changed through time so that we are able to learn from history about how some potential development actions may impact on future uses, values and benefits.

An economic assessment of the value of tropical river ecosystem services: Heterogeneous preferences among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians

Zander KK & Straton A. 2010. An economic assessment of the value of tropical river ecosystem services: Heterogeneous preferences among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. Ecological Economics. 69.12:2417-2426. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2010.07.010

Exploring and evaluating scenarios for a river catchment in northern Australia using scenario development, multi-criteria analysis and a deliberative process as a tool for water planning

Straton AT, Jackson S, Marinoni O, et al. 2011. Exploring and Evaluating Scenarios for a River Catchment in Northern Australia Using Scenario Development, Multi-criteria Analysis and a Deliberative Process as a Tool for Water Planning. Water Resources Management 25: 141. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11269-010-9691-z

Trade-offs between development, culture and conservation: Willingness to pay for tropical river management among urban Australians

Zander KK, Garnett ST, & Straton A. 2010. Trade-offs between development, culture and conservation – Willingness to pay for tropical river management among urban Australians. Journal of Environmental Management. 91.12:2519-2528. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2010.07.012.

The project was led by Anna Straton from the CSIRO.