Supporting Regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) organisations to update their NRM plans for adaptation to climate change

Bohnet, I.C., Hill, R., Turton, S.M., Bell, R., Hilbert, D.W., Hinchley, D., Pressey, R.L., Rainbird, J., Standley, P-M., Cvitanovic, C., Crowley, G., Curnock, M., Dale, A., Lyons, P, Moran, C., and Pert, P.L. (2013) Supporting Regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) organisations to update their NRM plans for adaptation to climate change. In: Proceedings of the 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, pp. 2214-2220. From: MODSIM2013: 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, 1-6 December 2013, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

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Our paper presents an innovative co-research approach to addressing the challenges faced by Australian NRM organisations in managing the impacts of climate change on natural resources. The project involves four regional NRM organisations and researchers from two major research institutions. The four NRM organisations in the 'Wet Tropics Cluster' (WTC) are: (i) Reef Catchments NRM, (ii) Terrain NRM, (iii) Cape York NRM, and (iv) Torres Strait Regional Authority. They cover the major part of the far northeastern coastal region of Queensland, Australia. This region is recognised globally for its outstanding natural values and NRM organisations are responsible for meeting international obligations to manage and maintain the high biodiversity values as well as balancing a wide range of social, economic, cultural and environmental needs. In the face of a changing climate, NRM organisations are required to also incorporate planning strategies that are aimed at mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change. This project is aimed at supporting NRM organisations in their planning, first by establishing a 'Brokering Hub' for the WTC, which brings together researchers and NRM organisations to guide the work of the WTC and facilitate the development and communication of new knowledge and tools. The research component of the Brokering Hub is divided into three 'Science Nodes', one of which is the 'Participatory Scenarios and Knowledge Integration Node. (Figure 1). Our initial work in this Node has focused on the identification of focal issues and key drivers of change in the four NRM regions through a participatory process with members of the Brokering Hub. The results from this process have highlighted similarities and key differences between regions, indicating the specific scientific information needs required by each NRM organisation to develop potential climate adaption responses. In order to address the issues and information needs of NRM organisations, new knowledge and tools will be generated by the Science Nodes in collaboration with the NRM organisations. Our innovative co-research approach equips the regions well for this task.

Item ID: 31426
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9872143-3-1
Keywords: co-research, collective learning, knowledge broker, transdisciplinary research
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Bohnet, I.C., Hill, R., Turton, S.M., Bell, R., Hilbert, D.W., Hinchley, D., Pressey, R.L., Rainbird, J., Standley, P-M., Cvitanovic, C., Crowley, G., Curnock, M., Dale, A., Lyons, P, Moran, C. and Pert, P.L. (2013). Supporting Regional Natural Resource Management(NRM) organisations to update their NRM plans for adaptation to climate change. In Piantadosi, J., Anderssen, R.S. and Boland J. (eds) MODSIM2013, 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, December 2013, pp. 2214–2220. ISBN: 978-0-9872143-3-1. http://www.mssanz.org.au/modsim2013/K7/bohnet.pdf

Funders: Australian Government’s Clean Energy Future Plan, James Cook University (JCU), CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, National Environment Research Program
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2014 01:46
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 20%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 40%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 40%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 100%
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