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Ensuring resilience of natural resources under exposure to extreme climate events


Jacobs, B and Boronyak-Vasco, L and Moyle, K and Leith, P, Ensuring resilience of natural resources under exposure to extreme climate events, Resources, 5, (2) Article 20. ISSN 2079-9276 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2016 the authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.3390/resources5020020


Natural resources directly support rural livelihoods and underpin much of the wealth of rural and regional Australia. Climate change manifesting as increasing frequency and or severity of extreme weather events poses a threat to sustainable management of natural resources because the recurrence of events may exceed the resilience of natural systems or the coping capacity of social systems. We report the findings of a series of participatory workshops with communities in eight discrete landscapes in South East New South Wales, Australia. The workshops focused on how natural resource management (NRM) is considered in the Prevent-Prepare-Respond-Recover emergency management cycle. We found that NRM is generally considered only in relation to the protection of life and property and not for the intrinsic value of ecosystem services that support communities. We make three recommendations to improve NRM under extreme climate events. Firstly, the support to communities offered by emergency management agencies could be bolstered by guidance material co-produced with government NR agencies. Secondly, financial assistance from government should specifically target the restoration and maintenance of green infrastructure to avoid loss of social-ecological resilience. Thirdly, action by natural resource dependent communities should be encouraged and supported to better protect ecosystem services in preparation for future extreme events.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:natural resource management, extreme climate events, emergency management, climate change, adaptation,
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Institutional arrangements
UTAS Author:Leith, P (Dr Peat Leith)
ID Code:115237
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2017-03-10
Last Modified:2017-11-01
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