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Reforming restoration law to support climate change adaptation


McCormack, PC, Reforming restoration law to support climate change adaptation, Ecological Restoration Law: Concepts and Case Studies, Routledge, A Akhtar-Khavari and BJ Richardson (ed), London, pp. 265-287. ISBN 9781138605015 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.4324/9780429468315-12


This chapter takes the emerging concept of ‘renewal ecology’ as a lens through which to analyse whether restoration laws and policies can enhance conservation in a period of rapid, anthropogenic environmental change. Renewal ecology emphasises the need to take adaptation-oriented approaches to restoring ecological health and function. While continuing to emphasise the importance of conserving the natural world, renewal ecology accommodates concepts of ecological novelty, and accepting a potential role for humans as well as non-human ‘novel’ species and interactions, in the task of renewing landscape-scale ecological functions. This chapter demonstrates that Australia’s legal frameworks for restoration, by contrast, are typically reactive, focused on a stationary and simplistic view of nature that assumes that harm can be ‘undone’ over relatively short timeframes. The chapter argues that the concept of ‘renewal’ provides a useful way to reconceive of the task of restoration. In particular, the concept of renewal has the potential to support new legal mechanisms for helping biodiversity to thrive, despite the dramatic challenge that climate change represents to life on Earth.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:ecological restoration, climate adaptation, regeneration, policy
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Ecosystem adaptation to climate change
UTAS Author:McCormack, PC (Ms Phillipa McCormack)
ID Code:129487
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2018-12-03
Last Modified:2020-08-21

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