Governance of Land-based Negative-emission Technologies to Promote Biodiversity Conservation: Lessons from Australia

U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2021-16

Phillipa C McCormack, Jan McDonald and Kerryn A Brent, “Governance of Land-based Negative-emission Technologies to Promote Biodiversity Conservation: Lessons from Australia” (2020) 10 Climate Law 123.

Posted: 18 Mar 2021

Date Written: March 16, 2021

Abstract

Climate change is a fundamental threat to biodiversity. Climate mitigation in general,
and Negative-Emission Technologies (nets) in particular, have the potential to benefit
biodiversity by reducing climate impacts. Domestic laws could help to ensure that
nets have benefits for biodiversity adaptation to climate change (e.g. reducing land
clearing and habitat loss and facilitating habitat restoration, corridors for species’ migration,
and broader ecological resilience). Domestic laws will also need to govern
trade-offs between nets and biodiversity adaptation (e.g. increased competition for
land and landscape-scale fragmentation by new industrial developments and linear
infrastructure). We argue that domestic laws should be used to maximize the benefits
of nets while minimizing trade-offs for biodiversity. These laws should ensure that
trade-offs are, at the very least, explicit and transparent, both in terms of their implications
for current biodiversity and in the context of an acceleration of climate-driven
biodiversity decline.

Keywords: Land-based Negative-emission Technologies, Biodiversity Conservation

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

RPS Submitter, Adelaide Law School and Brent, Kerryn, Governance of Land-based Negative-emission Technologies to Promote Biodiversity Conservation: Lessons from Australia (March 16, 2021). U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2021-16, Phillipa C McCormack, Jan McDonald and Kerryn A Brent, “Governance of Land-based Negative-emission Technologies to Promote Biodiversity Conservation: Lessons from Australia” (2020) 10 Climate Law 123. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3806143

Adelaide Law School RPS Submitter (Contact Author)

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Kerryn Brent

University of Adelaide - Law School ( email )

Ligertwood, floor 5, Room 519, the University of A
Adelaide, SA 5005
Australia

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