A conceptual model for integrating physical geography research and coastal wetland management, with an Australian example

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Title A conceptual model for integrating physical geography research and coastal wetland management, with an Australian example
Author Dale, Patricia Ellen; Dale, Michael Bodley; Dowe, David L.; Knight, Jon; Lemckert, Charles James; Low Choy, Darryl Charles; Sheaves, Marcus J.; Sporne, Ilva
Journal Name Progress in Physical Geography
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract We have developed a conceptual model to assist integration between physical geographical sciences, institutional frameworks and management in the context of coastal wetlands. Wetlands are key interconnected systems that will respond early to climate change and especially to associated sea-level changes. A major constraint on management of wetlands is the lack of congruence between the ecosystems and the institutional frameworks that govern their management: connectivity in coastal systems is overlain by institutional fragmentation. We introduce a model that facilitates integration of physical geographical (biophysical) information into the legislative, planning, policy and management process. It consists of interconnected parallel subprojects in science and in planning with strong cross-links with stakeholders at all levels, founded on long-term and trusting relationships. We also show progress that has been made in applying the model, with an Australian example. It is concluded that the approach has potential to move towards the goal of sustainable management but that it urgently needs to evolve, so as to meet the challenges of climate and associated changes.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0309133310369617
Volume 34
Issue Number 5
Page from 605
Page to 624
ISSN 0309-1333
Date Accessioned 2010-12-09
Date Available 2011-03-07T08:54:35Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Australian Rivers Institute; Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Management; Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Environmental Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/36896
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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