Integrating science into management of ecosystems in the greater blue mountains

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Show simple item record Chapple, RS Ramp, D Bradstock, RA Kingsford, RT Merson, JA Auld, TD Fleming, PJS Mulley, RC 2012-10-12T03:33:18Z 2011-10
dc.identifier.citation Environmental Management, 2011, 48 (4), pp. 659 - 674
dc.identifier.issn 0364-152X
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.description.abstract Effective management of large protected conservation areas is challenged by political, institutional and environmental complexity and inconsistency. Knowledge generation and its uptake into management are crucial to address these challenges. We reflect on practice at the interface between science and management of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (GBMWHA), which covers approximately 1 million hectares west of Sydney, Australia. Multiple government agencies and other stakeholders are involved in its management, and decision-making is confounded by numerous plans of management and competing values and goals, reflecting the different objectives and responsibilities of stakeholders. To highlight the complexities of the decision-making process for this large area, we draw on the outcomes of a recent collaborative research project and focus on fire regimes and wild-dog control as examples of how existing knowledge is integrated into management. The collaborative research project achieved the objectives of collating and synthesizing biological data for the region; however, transfer of the project's outcomes to management has proved problematic. Reasons attributed to this include lack of clearly defined management objectives to guide research directions and uptake, and scientific information not being made more understandable and accessible. A key role of a local bridging organisation (e.g., the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute) in linking science and management is ensuring that research results with management significance can be effectively transmitted to agencies and that outcomes are explained for nonspecialists as well as more widely distributed. We conclude that improved links between science, policy, and management within an adaptive learning-by-doing framework for the GBMWHA would assist the usefulness and uptake of future research. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1007/s00267-011-9721-5
dc.title Integrating science into management of ecosystems in the greater blue mountains
dc.type Journal Article
dc.description.version Published
dc.parent Environmental Management
dc.journal.volume 4
dc.journal.volume 48
dc.journal.number 4 en_US
dc.publocation New York en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 659 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 674 en_US SCI.Environmental Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 0502 Environmental Science and Management
dc.personcode 113573
dc.percentage 100 en_US Environmental Science and Management en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Adaptive management
dc.description.keywords Biodiversity conservation
dc.description.keywords Bushfire management
dc.description.keywords Knowledge generation and uptake
dc.description.keywords Protected area management
dc.description.keywords Wild-dog management
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Science
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Environmental Science
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
pubs.consider-herdc false
utslib.collection.history School of the Environment (ID: 344)
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)

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