Integrating biophysical and socio-economic evaluations to improve the efficacy of adaptation assessments for agriculture

Webb, Nicholas P., Stokes, Christopher J., and Marshall, Nadine A. (2013) Integrating biophysical and socio-economic evaluations to improve the efficacy of adaptation assessments for agriculture. Global Environmental Change, 23 (5). pp. 1164-1177.

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This paper demonstrates how biophysical and socio-economic assessments of adaptation options can be integrated to test the effectiveness of options and anticipate social risks and potential barriers to adoption. We present the approach by combining a model analysis with a multiple-criteria evaluation of 12 adaptation options by graziers from the Australian rangelands. Our results show that strategies to manage stocking rates and pasture spelling are likely to be effective in improving climate resilience in the rangelands and are easy-to-implement, short-term solutions. Improving land condition is found to have the greatest potential long-term benefits, but was not considered by the graziers to be feasible or effective due to perceived difficulties of implementation. Areas of concordance identified in the assessments may be used to engage with stakeholders and build a foundation for incorporating climate change considerations into management and policy. The approach also highlights discordant views within the assessments that may result from differing management objectives, adaptive capacity and climate-risk perception. These factors are potential impediments to adaptation. The integrated assessment approach enables adaptation strategies and policy recommendations to be developed that have greater relevance to individual stakeholders, and supports capacity building to facilitate the most effective adaptation actions.

Item ID: 32568
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0959-3780
Keywords: climate change, adaptation, socio-ecological, assessment, adaptive capacity, rangelands
Funders: Australian Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery's Climate Change Research Programme
Date Deposited: 13 May 2014 00:06
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160499 Human Geography not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 100%
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