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Incorporating governance influences into social-ecological system models: a case study involving biodiversity conservation

Mitchell, M., Lockwood, M., Moore, S.A. and Clement, S. (2015) Incorporating governance influences into social-ecological system models: a case study involving biodiversity conservation. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 58 (11). pp. 1903-1922.

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Abstract

Addressing environmental problems requires sophisticated approaches to complexity and uncertainty. Conceptual models are increasingly used to improve understanding of complex system interactions. However, cursory treatment of governance limits their analytical potential. This study included governance considerations in a social-ecological system model of biodiversity conservation in the Tasmanian Midlands (Australia). Effectiveness of engagement processes and conservation programme longevity were identified as critical governance influences. The conceptual representation of this system enabled exploration of how governance influences interact with social drivers (e.g. landholder engagement in conservation practices) to modify the effect of biophysical drivers (e.g. land use) on biodiversity outcomes. Such a methodology provides essential information for identifying and guiding governance related points of intervention.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group
Copyright: © 2014 University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/24344
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