An approach for adaptive and integrated environmental planning to deal with uncertainty in a Great Barrier Reef Catchment

Vella, Karen, and Dale, Allan (2014) An approach for adaptive and integrated environmental planning to deal with uncertainty in a Great Barrier Reef Catchment. Australian Planner, 51 (3). pp. 243-259.

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This paper presents the Mossman Mill District Practices Framework. It was developed in the Wet Tropics region within the Great Barrier Reef in north-eastern Australia to describe the environmental benefits of agricultural management practices for the sugar cane industry. The framework translates complex, unclear and overlapping environmental plans, policy and legal arrangements into a simple framework of management practices that landholders can use to improve their management actions. Practices range from those that are old or outdated through to aspirational practices that have the potential to achieve desired resource condition targets. The framework has been applied by stakeholders at multiple scales to better coordinate and integrate a range of policy arrangements to improve natural resource management. It has been used to structure monitoring and evaluation in order to underpin a more adaptive approach to planning at mill district and property scale. Potentially, the framework and approach can be applied across fields of planning where adaptive management is needed. It has the potential to overcome many of the criticisms of property-scale and regional Natural Resource Management.

Item ID: 29921
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2150-6841
Keywords: natural resources; Australia; environmental management; sugar cane
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An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 3rd World Planning Schools Congress, Perth (WA) 4–8 July 2011. This paper was also presented to the Australian National Coastal Conference 'Coast to Coast 2012' at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 17 to 21 September in a special symposium on 'Alternative Futures for Great Barrier Reef Coastal Ecosystems'.

Funders: Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Population and Communities, Great Barrier Reef National Environment Research Program
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2013 05:15
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960604 Environmental Management Systems @ 30%
82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8298 Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production > 829899 Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production not elsewhere classified @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960904 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management @ 40%
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