This project developed a framework that helps catchment managers make decisions about natural resource investments that can be easily understood and readily adopted by stakeholders. The framework allows land managers to draw together available environmental, social and economic information and to compare investment strategies to explicitly assess trade-offs between objectives. The framework was developed and tested with decision makers in the Daly River catchment and the Gilbert River catchment and can be applied across terrestrial, freshwater and marine realms.
Land managers must navigate complex decisions about where and how to spend limited budgets on different land management activities. These activities may include controlling weeds, preventing large bushfires and reducing the populations of feral animals to minimise their impacts on biodiversity. At the same time, users of natural resources and governing institutions are making decisions that affect the natural resources (e.g. water, native vegetation and soil) now and in the future. An operational framework which facilitates these decisions in a range of contexts can help to inform good land and water resource policies.
Previous conceptual and operational frameworks have been developed in academic settings without participation of decision-makers responsible for implementing plans. To address this limitation, the researchers consulted a group of applied researchers, government agencies, catchment management groups, and other key decision-makers to discuss the requirements and challenges of planning for multiple realms. This enabled the researchers to develop a new operational framework that can be applied anywhere that catchment managers are trying to make decisions about natural resource management across terrestrial, freshwater and marine realms. The proposed framework can help to operationalise real-world cross-realm planning and significantly advances on existing approaches that only consider the realms individually.
The framework was developed and tested with decision makers in two catchments in northern Australia:
The project was focused on two catchments: the Gilbert River catchment in Queensland and the Daly River catchment in the Northern Territory.
Adams VM, Moon K, Álvarez-Romero JG, Bodin Ö, Spencer M & Blackman D. 2018. Using multiple methods to understand the nature of relationships in social networks. Society & Natural Resources, DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2018.1425514
Biological Conservation, Alvarez-Romero, JG, Adams, VM, Pressey, RL, Douglas, M, Dale, A, Auge, AA, Ball, D, Childs, J, Digby, M, Dobbs, R, Gobius, N, Hinchley, D, Lancaster, I, Maughan, M, Perdrisat, I, July 2015
Dale, Allan P.; Pressey, Bob; Adams, Vanessa M.; Álvarez- Romero, Jorge G.; Digby, Mike; Dobbs, Rebecca; Douglas, Michael; Augé, Amélie A.; Maughan, Mirjam; Childs, John; Hinchley, David; Landcaster, Ian; Perdrisat, Ian; and Gobius, Niilo (2014) "Catchment-Scale Governance in Northern Australia: A Preliminary Evaluation," Journal of Economic and Social Policy: Vol. 16: Iss. 1, Article 2.
Conservation Letters, Adams, V, Alvarez-Romero, J, Cattarion, L, Hermoso, V, Kennard, M, Linke, S, Pressey, R, Stoeckl, N, December 2013
Environmental Research Letters, Adams, VM, Setterfield, SA, 05/2013
PLoS One, Adams, V, Pressey, R, 05/2014
Ecology and Society, Adams, V, Pressey, R, Stoeckl, N, 12/2014
The project was conducted by researchers at James Cook University in Townsville and Charles Darwin University in Darwin. The team was led by Professor Bob Pressey.
Professor Bob Pressey
James Cook University
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