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Climate change, wildfires and wetland ecosystem services: governing transformation


McCormack, PC, Climate change, wildfires and wetland ecosystem services: governing transformation, University of Queensland Law Journal, 39, (3) pp. 417-447. ISSN 0083-4041 (2020) [Refereed Article]


Australia’s 2019–20 fire season has been described as the ‘Black Summer’. Vast swathes of the continent burned, including areas that have not been fire-prone in the past, such as wet rainforest and alpine wetlands. This article considers the implications of more frequent and intense wildfires for wetland ecosystems and the extremely valuable ecosystem services that they provide. The article investigates what Australia’s laws have to say about restoring ecosystem services after extreme events such as fire. In particular, the article considers the extent to which existing laws anticipate the possibility of ecosystem transformation, asking: what do our laws require if restoration is not possible?

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ecosystem services, wetlands, climate change adaptation, wildfire, bushfire
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Ecological applications
Research Field:Fire ecology
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:142240
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2020-12-28
Last Modified:2021-05-18

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