Multi-objective planning in northern Australia: co-benefits and trade-offs between environmental, economic, and cultural outcomes. Final report to the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Álvarez-Romero, Jorge G., Kiatkoski Kim, Milena, Pannell, David, Douglas, Michael M., Wallace, Ken, Hill, Rosemary, Adams, Vanessa M., Spencer-Cotton, Alaya, Kennard, Mark, and Pressey, Robert L. (2021) Multi-objective planning in northern Australia: co-benefits and trade-offs between environmental, economic, and cultural outcomes. Final report to the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. Report. James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland. (In Press)

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Abstract

Given proposed expansion of developments in northern Australia and current tensions among stakeholders, there is a need to develop new planning approaches that support multiple uses of land and water, while maintaining environmental and cultural values. This project aimed to demonstrate how to operationalise multi-objective catchment planning supported by scenario thinking, by which stakeholders can collaboratively construct and assess the outcomes of alternative development futures. The project follows a participatory scenario planning approach to guide stakeholders through a systematic and critical examination of possible development trajectories and their associated environmental and socioeconomic outcomes. The process and outcomes of this project will be summarised in a planning toolkit, which can be used by diverse stakeholders to inform future land/water use decisions. The development of the toolkit includes identifying, selecting, parameterising, and integrating spatially explicit tools and models to inform the scenario planning process. In collaboration with stakeholders, we collated and integrated data, parameterise tools and models, and use modelling outputs to guide the development of scenarios, including spatially explicit maps of future land/water uses. The project provide diverse outputs that can support planning in the Fitzroy River catchment, but followed planning methods and tools that can be used elsewhere in Australia.

Item ID: 65320
Item Type: Report (Report)
ISBN: 978-0-6489220-2-5
Keywords: NESP; multi-objetive planning; land-use change; land-use planning; water planning; development; agriculture; mining; farming; grazing; pastoral; aquaculture; carbon farming; cultural tourism; water use; water allocation; biodiversity conservation; participatory scenario planning; conservation planning; natural resource management; stakeholder engagement; Traditional Owners; Indigenous Australians; Fitzroy River catchment; Kimberley Region; Western Australia; Northern Australia
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Copyright Information: Under embargo until 30 June 2021.
Funders: National Environmental Science Program (NESP)
Projects and Grants: NESP Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub Project 1.6
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2020 05:09
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 40%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 30%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960910 Sparseland, Permanent Grassland and Arid Zone Land and Water Management @ 30%
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