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Landscape science cluster DWLBC DEH SARDI DFEEST NRM Boards 13 March 2008Copyright © 2008 The University of Adelaide Wayne S Meyer Slide Number 1 Landscape Science Cluster A new collaborative focus for NRM in SA Wayne Meyer Professor, Natural Resource Science
Landscape science cluster DWLBC DEH SARDI DFEEST NRM Boards 13 March 2008Copyright © 2008 The University of Adelaide Wayne S Meyer Slide Number 2 The big picture context of NRM in SA Despite good NRM legislation the condition of resources continues to persistently decline The problems for regional Natural Resource Management: limited resources multiple demands an uncertain and changing future What basis can be used to prioritise and what evidence is there that we are likely to make a scrap of difference anyway? If this is true, how can research help improve NRM outcomes? NRM management decisions have multiple constraints and objectives and should consider whole of system consequences. We have called this holistic systems consideration – “Landscape Science”
Landscape science cluster DWLBC DEH SARDI DFEEST NRM Boards 13 March 2008Copyright © 2008 The University of Adelaide Wayne S Meyer Slide Number 3 Landscape science developing in SA Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network proposal beginning in Feb 07 showed it was possible to develop a SA collaborative approach Concept of Natural Resource Science Centre V1 – 30Mar07 Landscape Science and Mgmt Living Lab workshop – 19Jul07 Landscape Science Cluster formed Landscape Science Cluster core group and executive are developing a science and business case for “integrated landscape science” – developing a research and outreach capability that focuses on an NRM region and works with the implementers, uses models within GIS layers to project possible change in space and time, develops new engagement methods to change what people do and how they visualise their future landscapes
Landscape science cluster DWLBC DEH SARDI DFEEST NRM Boards 13 March 2008Copyright © 2008 The University of Adelaide Wayne S Meyer Slide Number 4 The SA state scene State Strategic Plan “Attaining sustainability” Grand science plan STI 10 – “Constellation SA” with Alliances, Clusters and Precincts SA Natural Resources Management Act 2004 Natural Resource Management Council 8 NRM regions with Boards State NRM Plan of 2006 Landscape scale management …adaptive to climate change Prosperous communities …within ecologically sustainable limits.. Capability…to manage natural resources in an integrated way Integrated management of biological threats Regional NRM Board A healthy living landscape meeting the social, environmental and economic needs of the community and ensuring the wellbeing of future generations
Landscape science cluster DWLBC DEH SARDI DFEEST NRM Boards 13 March 2008Copyright © 2008 The University of Adelaide Wayne S Meyer Slide Number 5 The SA NRM scene – operations and research SA Natural Resources Management Act 2004 Commonwealth NRM through DEHA, DAFF DWLBC (DEH, PIRSA, EPA) Natural Resource Management Council 8 NRM regions with Boards Research Providers Commonwealth – CSIRO, BRS, … SA – DWLBC, DEH, SARDI Universities – UA, FU, UniSA, occasional contracts with CSU, UQ Private consultants Research Funders Research providers RDC’s Bilateral agreements NHT, NAP through CNRM → NRM RA Regional NRM Boards
Landscape science cluster DWLBC DEH SARDI DFEEST NRM Boards 13 March 2008Copyright © 2008 The University of Adelaide Wayne S Meyer Slide Number 6 Landscape Science Cluster Builds on learnings, experience, capacity of LMLF Mission – In partnership, develop and apply world-leading landscape-scale science supporting planning and policy for natural resource management to achieve sustainable regional systems in Australia Key partners o CSIRO o SA DEH, DFEEST, DWLBC, SARDI o SA Regional NRM Boards o Universities: Adelaide, Flinders, SA Several workshops held and core group established
Landscape science cluster DWLBC DEH SARDI DFEEST NRM Boards 13 March 2008Copyright © 2008 The University of Adelaide Wayne S Meyer Slide Number 7 Economics Agricultural ecology Conservation ecology Sociology and community Climate variability & change Carbon trading CORE GROUP Focussed Science driven Engine room for action NETWORK Link, facilitate, communicate Connect, encourage, support Research capability to call upon Policy and application interest Integrated Landscape Science Capability Large scale data collection and collation High level advocacy
Landscape science cluster DWLBC DEH SARDI DFEEST NRM Boards 13 March 2008Copyright © 2008 The University of Adelaide Wayne S Meyer Slide Number 8 Integrated Landscape Science Regional NRM – operating in the triple bottom line domain Human & social capital Natural resources ‘environment’ Atmosphere o Climate variability and change Soils Water o quantity o quality Biota Economics and finances Regional economics Input/output analysis Primary production and flow on Adapted from Wayne Meyer 12/07 Institutions Community viability Jobs Regional actions Vegetation management Ecological restoration Conservation farming Deep rooted perennials Biomass Bio-fuels
Landscape science cluster DWLBC DEH SARDI DFEEST NRM Boards 13 March 2008Copyright © 2008 The University of Adelaide Wayne S Meyer Slide Number 9 What is possible for SA Integrated Landscape Science and its application? The Vision: SA has an internationally recognised Integrated Landscape Science and Education capability that Is trans-disciplinary – environment, economy and community Is relevant, applicable and connected to regions Trains the next generation of NRM researchers, managers and technical advisors Fosters quantitative landscape systems representations through data, models, visualisation and people Attracts national and international researchers Influences regional and state policy
Landscape science cluster DWLBC DEH SARDI DFEEST NRM Boards 13 March 2008Copyright © 2008 The University of Adelaide Wayne S Meyer Slide Number 10 Integrated Landscape Science Capability Before we get carried away with our own perceptions - let’s check and see what others have done! What can we learn from the experiences of others in “integrated landscape science”? Hence this forum which aims to: Share information on emerging science and tools Identify improved NRM outcomes from new developments in integrated landscape science Explore what SA can do to better its own capability in integrated landscape science Hear about what makes for successful clusters of activity in this field
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