EconSearch Completed Project

Project: Economic Aspects of the Blue Infrastructure Initiative Business Case (2015)

Client: The Nature Conservancy

Summary: Native oyster reefs have been lost across more than 1,500km of the South Australian coastline. Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) are developing the Blue Infrastructure Initiative in South Australia with the support of The Nature Conservancy’s Great Southern Seascapes program.

The Blue Infrastructure Initiative intends to restore 100 ha of historically damaged reefs in state waters. TNC, PIRSA and DEWNR commissioned EconSearch to assess the economic impact of the proposed Blue Infrastructure Initiative and to quantify the economic value of the ecosystem services generated by the restoration of these reefs through the Initiative.