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Understanding and designing fit–for–purpose institutions for conserving biodiversity in the Tasmanian Midlands

Clement, S., Moore, S.A., Lockwood, M. and Mitchell, M. (2015) Understanding and designing fit–for–purpose institutions for conserving biodiversity in the Tasmanian Midlands. Landscapes and Policy Hub, Hobart, TAS, Australia.

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Abstract

The Tasmanian Midlands is a nationally significant biodiversity hotspot. This means the landscape is not only rich in biodiversity features, but also that these features face strong pressures. Some drivers of biodiversity decline, such as climate change, are external to the midlands, making them difficult to address at a regional scale. We can mitigate many of the drivers of biodiversity decline, however, by making better decisions and adapting to social and ecological change.

Institutions underpin decision–making, thus they are critical for achieving the goal of a healthy midlands landscape. A recent legislative review called on Australia to reform its institutions and look beyond threatened species to conserve biodiversity at the landscape scale. To advise on potential reforms, it is first necessary to analyse current arrangements.

Publication Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Landscapes and Policy Hub
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/30892
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