Peter Cosier

Mr Peter Cosier AM

BSc (UNE), DipURP (UNE), University of New England Distinguished Alumni 2017


Environmental policy
Legislative and institutional reform
Catchment management
Land Use Planning
Environmental Accounting


Chair, Accounting for Nature Ltd
Former Director and Member, Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists
Former Board Member, Tasmanian Land Conservancy
Former Governor, WWF Australia
Former Director, Ecofund Queensland
Former Member, Queensland Premier’s Climate Council
Former Environmental Policy Adviser, Australian Environment Minister, Senator Robert Hill
Former Deputy Director General, Science and Information, NSW Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources
Former Member, Science and Information Board, NSW Department of Natural Resources
Former Member, CSIRO Water for a Healthy Country Advisory Council

Publications and Speeches

Science and natural resource management in Australia. Is there any hope? – UNE Speaker Series: Leaders and Shapers Sydney, September 2017.

Towards a Common National Approach – Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy Environmental Economic Accounts Workshop, Melbourne, August 2017.

Measuring the condition of Australia’s landscapes – ABARES Outlook Conference 2017, National Convention Centre, Canberra, March 2017.

Harnessing leading financing mechanisms in Australia – IUCN National Committee Australia, Canberra, July 2016.

Let’s have a plan for ‘jobs and growth’ and a health environment – Keynote address at the 6th National NRM Knowledge Conference, Coffs Harbour, June 2016.

Environment, Economy and the role of Science – Address to the Australian Land Conservation Alliance, La Trobe University. Melbourne, December 2015.

How does Australia become a truly sustainable society? – address to the Lyceum Club. Melbourne, November 2015.

Can the tax system promote economic growth and protect the environment? – keynote speech at the National Environmental Law Association’s National Conference, Pullman Hotel, Sydney, November 2015

The Conservation of Natural Capital for a Healthy Environment and a Productive Economy – address to Sustainable Business Australia. Melbourne, September 2015. [download slides]

Using Markets for a Healthy Environment in a Productive Economy – keynote address at the 16th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, University of Technology, Sydney, September 2015

Healthy Environment, Productive Economy – closing summation at the Reef, Range and Red Dust Conference, Caloundra, Queensland, September 2015

A Healthy Environment and a Productive Economy – Australian Local Government Association General Assembly 2015, Canberra, June 2015

Rethinking strategies for investment and retirement income – The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, ASFA Investment Interchange, Sydney & Melbourne, March 2015

Accounting for Nature: A Common Currency for Measuring the Condition of Our Environment – EDS Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, August 2013

Initial Observations on the Australian Proof of Concept Regional Environmental Asset Condition Trials – Australian Regional Environmental Accounts Experts Workshop, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra, June 2013

The Role of the Australian Regional Environmental Accounts Trials in maintaining healthy and productive land, water and marine resources – Australian NRM Chairs Council, Mandurah, Western Australia, March, 2013

Report on the Australian Regional Environmental Accounts Trials – Australian Landcare Council, Canberra, March 2013

Environmental Asset Condition Account Trials in Australia – United Nations Statistics Division, New York, November 2012

Trials of Environmental Asset Condition Accounts in Australia – UN Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting, Rio de Janeiro, June 2012

Regional Trials of Environmental Asset Condition Accounting in Australian – Peter Cosier and Carla Sbrocchi, Australian Bureau of Statistics Workshop: Completing the Picture – Environmental Accounting in Practice, Melbourne, May 2012

Regional Trials of Environmental Asset Condition Accounting in Australian SEEA – Peter Cosier and Carla Sbrocchi – SEEA Expert Meeting on Ecosystem Accounts, Melbourne, May 2012

Accounting for the Condition of Environmental Assets – Expert meeting on Ecosystem Accounts, London, 5-7 December 2011

The Science of Carbon in the Landscape – Carbon Farming week, Dubbo – 27-29 Sept 2011

A Common Currency for Building Environmental (Ecosystem) Accounts – London Group on Environmental Accounting, Chile, October 2010

Carbon and Landscape Conservation in Australia – 2010 National Landcare Forum, Adelaide, March 2010

The Planet is Capable of Managing Carbon, but are we? – Sydney Theatre Company, Wentworth Talks February 2010

Accounting for Nature – CSIRO, Environmental Monitoring Workshop 2009

Accounting for Nature – Fenner Conference on the Environment, Canberra, 2009

Leading a local response; Accounting for Nature – Local Government Association of Queensland, Annual Conference 2009

Sinclair Knight Merz – Ozwater Dinner, 2009

Water in a changing climate – Water Policy Summit, 2008

Accounting for Nature – ABS NatStats Conference 2008

The Science and Economics of Global Warming – Gilbert and Tobin seminar, 2007

Global Warming: Awareness, Implications and Strategic Choices – Municipal Association of Victoria, 2007

The Economics of Climate Change – Victorian Association of Forest Industries

The Economics of Nature and Its Implications for the Australian Federation

An Operational Method to Assess Impacts of Land Clearing on Terrestrial Biodiversity

Impediments to Sustainable Water Use

Economics of Nature – Melbourne University March 08

The Economics of Nature

Will climate change cost us the earth: an update on the science

Climate Change: The Choice

Is Australia’s climate changing Australia?

Will climate change cost us the earth

It’s time to stop talking and start acting

Positive news on the environment

Key environmental issues in NSW

Australia’s journey: exploring, conquering, conserving and growing

Working together in an Australian landscape

Native vegetation reforms in NSW

The great greenhouse gamble: can governments handle the crisis?

Use markets to repair rivers

Let the market set the water mark

Silent Numbers