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Integrated cross-realm planning: a decision-makers' perspective


Alvarez-Romero, JG and Adams, VM and Pressey, RL and Douglas, M and Dale, AP and Auge, AA and Ball, D and Childs, J and Digby, M and Dobbs, R and Gobius, N and Hinchley, D and Lancaster, I and Maughan, M and Perdrisat, I, Integrated cross-realm planning: a decision-makers' perspective, Biological Conservation, 191 pp. 799-808. ISSN 0006-3207 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2015.07.003


Pursuing development and conservation goals often requires thinking and planning across terrestrial, freshwater and marine realms because many threats and social–ecological processes transcend realm boundaries. Consequently, effective conservation planning must consider the social and ecological links between realms and follow a cross-realm approach to allocate land/water uses and conservation actions to mitigate cross-realm threats and maintain cross-realm ecological processes. Cross-realm planning requires integrating multiple objectives for conservation and development, and assessing the potential co-benefits and trade-offs between them under alternative development scenarios. Despite progress in cross-realm planning theory, few fully-integrated and applied cross-realm plans exist. The gaps between research and implementation are not unique to cross-realm planning, but are accentuated by the complexity of spatial decision-making entailed. Based on a collaborative process including scientists, resource managers and policy-makers, we developed an operational framework for crossrealm planning based on up-to-date thinking in conservation science, but offering practical guidance to operationalise real-world planning. Our approach has a strong theoretical basis while addressing the visions and needs of decision-makers. We discuss the foundations and limitations of current approaches in crossrealm planning, describe key requirements to undertake this approach, and present a real-world application of our framework.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:integrated cross-realm planning, integrated land-sea conservation planning, cross-system threat, cross-system ecological process, multi-objective planning, Marxan
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:Land use and environmental planning
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Land policy
UTAS Author:Adams, VM (Associate Professor Vanessa Adams)
ID Code:127144
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:33
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-07-13
Last Modified:2018-08-23

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