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1 Responding to risks to conservation in multifunctional landscapes Douglas Bardsley Geographical & Environmental Studies, University of Adelaide. Fourby40 seminar SA Department of Natural Resources & Environment Adelaide, November 2010

2 Regional Adaptation Planning How big is this going to be? – need to inform Tough governance challenge – need to integrate When & how do we incorporate the climate change impacts into our future planning? – need to engage (Bardsley and Sweeney 2010)

3 (Source: McInnes et al. 2003) Mediterranean climatic regions – except for SA all are Global biodiversity hotspots! (Bardsley 2010a)

4 Colour Key for Exposure, Sensitivity, Potential impact & Vulnerability (not Adaptive capacity) Low -Medium High- Key for Adaptive capacity Limited Medium Significant –XXXX (Bardsley 2006)

5 Issues for conservation Risks are likely to involve a fundamental re- organisation of the local ecology eg. 1 o Changing climate: Drying, temperatures 2 o Changing ecological processes & interactions: disturbance regimes - Bushfires 3 o Demands from other sectors for space & adaptation responses: Bushfire management policies Do our policies respond to these levels of risk?

6 Designing & implementing strong adaptation policy: the NatureLinks example Key Elements: Connectedness No species loss Integration & partnerships People in Nature (DEH 2004)

7 Comparative rating of the importance of current environmental issues (Bardsley & Liddicoat 2008)

8 EPIDEMIE study (Bardsley & Edwards-Jones 2006; 2007)

9 Perceived importance of environmental issues (important many plants did not originate on the island = Group A, not important = Group B) (p<.001, p<.01, p<.01, p<.001)

10 Evaluations of the benefits of invasive exotic plant species (important many plants did not originate on the island = Group A, not important = Group B) (p<.001, p<.01, p<.01, p<.001)

11 A new era of environmental risk Will require some strong policy responses Needs the legitimacy of environmental governance to improve in the minds of many stakeholders Requires broad acknowledgement that both conservation management & governance will go be passing through a period of learning

12 References Bardsley D. (2003) Risk alleviation via in situ agrobiodiversity conservation: drawing from experiences in Switzerland, Turkey and Nepal. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 99: Bardsley D. (2006) There's a change on the way - An initial integrated assessment of projected climate change impacts and adaptation options for Natural Resource Management in the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Region. DWLBC Report 2006/06. Bardsley D.K. (2010) NatureLinks: A critical response to climate change impacts on biodiversity in South Australia. South Australian Geographer 25: 3-10, Bardsley D.K. and Edwards-Jones G. (2006) Stakeholders’ perceptions of the impacts of invasive exotic plant species in the Mediterranean Basin. GeoJournaL 65: Bardsley D.K. and Edwards-Jones G. (2007) Invasive species policy and climate change: social perceptions of environmental change in the Mediterranean. Environmental Science and Policy 10: Bardsley D.K. & Liddicoat C. (2008) Community perceptions of climate change impacts on natural resource management in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges. DWLBC Report 2008/14, SA Gov., Adel. Bardsley D.K. and Rogers G. (2011) Prioritising engagement for sustainable adaptation to climate change: An example from natural resource management in South Australia, Society and Natural Resources. 24 (1), January Available online. Bardsley D.K. and Sweeney S.M. (2010) Guiding climate change adaptation within vulnerable natural resource management systems. Environmental Management 45: Beck U. (2009) World at Risk. Polity Press, Cambridge. DEH (Department for Environment and Heritage) (2004) NatureLinks: Implementing the WildCountry Philosophy in South Australia. South Australian Government, Adelaide. McInnes K.L., Suppiah R., Whetton P.H., Hennessy K.J. and Jones R.N. (2003) Climate change in South Australia. CSIRO Atmospheric Research, Melbourne.


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