Australian protected areas and adaptive management: contributions by visitor planning frameworks and management effectiveness assessments
Moore, S.A. and Hockings, M. (2013) Australian protected areas and adaptive management: contributions by visitor planning frameworks and management effectiveness assessments. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 20 (4). pp. 270-284.
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Protected areas are recognised as crucial for conserving biodiversity and supporting the ecological processes that benefit humans, as well as providing recreational and wellbeing benefits. The complexities and uncertainties associated with their management make adaptive management an appealing ideal. This paper examines how two well-developed management methodologies - visitor planning frameworks (e.g. limits of acceptable change) and management effectiveness assessments - contribute to the adaptive management of visitor use of protected areas. A set of principles was developed from the literature by the authors and used to analyse the performance of these methodologies in facilitating adaptive management of visitor use in such areas in Australia. The analysis revealed both methodologies as contributing to institutionalising monitoring and the development of shared understandings. Effectiveness assessments are facilitating adaptation, with systematic evaluation and feedback of results into management evident. Performance of the visitor frameworks was impeded by a lack of commitment to implementation. Identifying and evaluating future options was a weakness of both frameworks. In sum, however, both provide practical, much-needed means for progressing the institutionalisation of adaptive management and hence contributing to innovative solutions to the complex problems facing protected areas.
|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Murdoch Affiliation:||School of Veterinary and Life Sciences|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis Group Ltd|
|Copyright:||© 2013 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc.|
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