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Incorporating governance influences into social-ecological system models: a case study involving biodiversity conservation


Mitchell, M and Lockwood, M and Moore, SA and Clement, S, Incorporating governance influences into social-ecological system models: a case study involving biodiversity conservation, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 58, (11) pp. 1903-1922. ISSN 0964-0568 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 University of Newcastle upon Tyne

DOI: doi:10.1080/09640568.2014.967387


Addressing environmental problems requires sophisticated approaches to complexity and uncertainty. Conceptual models are increasingly used to improve understanding of complex system interactions. However, cursory treatment of governance limits their analytical potential. This study included governance considerations in a social-ecological system model of biodiversity conservation in the Tasmanian Midlands (Australia). Effectiveness of engagement processes and conservation programme longevity were identified as critical governance influences. The conceptual representation of this system enabled exploration of how governance influences interact with social drivers (e.g. landholder engagement in conservation practices) to modify the effect of biophysical drivers (e.g. land use) on biodiversity outcomes. Such a methodology provides essential information for identifying and guiding governance related points of intervention.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:resilience assessment, adaptive governance, conservation programme design, landholder engagement, Tasmanian Midlands
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Mitchell, M (Dr Michael Mitchell)
UTAS Author:Lockwood, M (Associate Professor Michael Lockwood)
ID Code:97166
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2014-12-04
Last Modified:2017-10-31

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