The Economics Services and Reform Section of the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) undertakes analysis across a range of activities relating to environmental protection, natural resource management, biodiversity, pollution and waste. The Section strategically assists the development of better environmental policy and carries out economic analysis for OEH's statutory responsibilities under the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989.
Since 1998, OEH (and its predecessor organisations NPWS, DEC, DECC and DECCW) has produced a number of studies using input-output analysis to estimate the direct and flow-on impacts of individual parks and other reserves on local economies as well as studies examining different aspects of the economic value of national parks, marine parks and other reserves in NSW.
The scope of this research has been widened to consider the impacts of protected areas in several broad regions of NSW. These studies focus on the economic structure of the regions in which the protected areas are located, and examine potential strengths and weaknesses of these economies, and trends which may affect the future contribution that the protected areas can make to regional economic activity.
OEH and its formative agencies have produced and commissioned a number of reports on economic issues relating to coastal and marine environments, including studies of the impacts and values of marine park establishment, management and use.
OEH is also in the process of finalising a number of internal reports on coastal and marine-related issues (including marine parks). These reports are still in the draft report stage, and have not yet been peer reviewed. Once these reports have been reviewed, it is hoped to publish finalised reports on the OEH website.