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Navigating the fiery debate: the role of scientific evidence in eliciting policy and management responses for contentious plants in northern Australia

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Setterfield, SA and Rossiter-Rachor, NA and Adams, VM, Navigating the fiery debate: the role of scientific evidence in eliciting policy and management responses for contentious plants in northern Australia, Pacific Conservation Biology, 24 pp. 318-328. ISSN 1038-2097 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Journal compilation copyright CSIRO 2018

DOI: doi:10.1071/PC18028

Abstract

Australia’s vast tropical savannas contain outstanding biodiversity and cultural values. The region supports many industries, with broad-scale pastoralism being the most widespread. Hundreds of plant species were introduced into northern Australia to support the pastoral industry; some species have since been termed ‘contentious’ or ‘conflict’ species due to their perceived positive value for industry but negative impacts on non-pastoral values when they invaded non-pastoral landscapes. Heated political and public debate ensued about the appropriate policy and management response to these species based on people’s perceptions of values being altered by invasion by these species, and conflicting views on what constituted appropriate management actions to control their use and spread. Here we share our insights into the role of scientific evidence in progressing this debate, by quantifying the impacts of species on environmental, socioeconomic and cultural values. We reflect on the importance of science for underpinning evidence-based risk management tools, the outputs of which supported policy response by politicians and other policy decision-makers. We also assess the gap in translation from policy to coordinated on-ground action at the national scale, and provide our insights into the contribution that science can make to bridging this gap.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:invasive plants, planning, women in science, STEM, gamba grass
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Environmental Management
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales
Author:Adams, VM (Dr Vanessa Adams)
ID Code:128264
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-09-12
Last Modified:2018-10-10
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