Adaptive community-based biodiversity conservation in Australia's tropical rainforests

Hill, Rosemary, Williams, Kristen J., Pert, Petina L., Robinson, Catherine J., Dale, Allan P., Westcott, David A., Grace, Rowena A., and O'Malley, Tony (2010) Adaptive community-based biodiversity conservation in Australia's tropical rainforests. Environmental Conservation, 37 (1). pp. 73-82.

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In the globally significant Australian tropical rainforests, poor performance of community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) approaches mandated by national policy highlights the importance of the global search for better models. This paper reports on co-research to develop, apply and test the transferability and effectiveness of a new model and tools for CBNRM in biodiversity conservation. Adaptive co-management, designed with specific communities and natural resources, recognized as linked multi-scalar phenomena, is the new face of CBNRM. New tools used to achieve adaptive co-management include a collaborative focal species approach focused on the iconic southern cassowary, scenario analysis, science brokering partnerships, a collaborative habitat investment atlas and institutional brokering. An intermediate-complexity analytical framework was used to test the robustness of these tools and therefore likely transferability. The tools meet multiple relevant standards across three dimensions, namely empowering institutions and individuals, ongoing systematic scientific assessment and securing effective on-ground action. Evaluation of effectiveness using a performance criteria framework identified achievement of many social and environmental outcomes. Effective CBNRM requires multi-scale multi-actor collaborative design, not simply devolution to localscale governance. Bridging/boundary organizations are important to facilitate the process. Further research into collaborative design of CBNRM structures, functions, tools and processes for biodiversity conservation is recommended.

Item ID: 11849
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1469-4387
Keywords: adaptive co-management, Australia, biodiversity conservation, cassowary,CBNRM,collaborative focal species, community-based natural resourcemanagement, co-research, design, scenarios
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2010 02:27
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960806 Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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