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Jones N.A.,University of Queensland | Ross H.,University of Queensland | Shaw S.,University of Queensland | Witt K.,University of Queensland | And 2 more authors.
Marine Policy | Year: 2016

The management of waterways, including marine parks, typically centres on assessment of biophysical phenomena, whilst social dimensions are relatively neglected. The diverse ways people interact with and relate to aquatic environments are consequently overlooked in planning and management. This misses opportunities as people's decisions and actions have direct and indirect impacts on how natural systems function. Effective management requires appreciation of how people interact with these environments in order to tailor, and build public support for, management plans and ensure compliance. This qualitative study, using 30 semi-structured interviews, explores people's values towards Moreton Bay Marine Park and its tributary rivers in south east Queensland, Australia. The values offer a powerful means to understand the different ways people relate to these waters. The study found that these waterway environments provide people with a diversity of rich and meaningful experiences, and that individuals hold several values each; they are not discrete. Some types of value frequently occur together. These clusters of values suggest new ways of working with the public to achieve management goals of protecting and improving waterway environments. © 2016 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Petter M.,SEQ Catchments | Mooney S.,SEQ Catchments | Maynard S.M.,SEQ Catchments | Maynard S.M.,Australian National University | And 2 more authors.
Ecology and Society | Year: 2013

The project developed and trialed a method of mapping ecosystem functions in South East Queensland using biophysical data layers in preference to land use surrogates. Biophysical data and surrogates were identified for 19 ecosystem functions and maps were produced for each. Data layers for each ecosystem function were standardized for mapping purposes using existing expert advice or data quantiling. Two versions of the total ecosystem function overlap maps were also produced, showing areas of high ecosystem function that have the potential to contribute to high ecosystem service provision. This method was successfully used to replace land use surrogates in most cases, and produced maps that planners and decision makers considered credible. The mapping exercise allowed an ecosystem services framework (the SEQ Ecosystem Services Framework) to be embedded in a statutory planning document, used in a State of the Region Report and to influence planning decisions at a local government level. © 2013 by the author(s).

Ross H.,University of Queensland | Shaw S.,University of Queensland | Rissik D.,Griffith University | Cliffe N.,Fisheries and Forestry | And 5 more authors.
Climatic Change | Year: 2015

Emerging literature on climate adaptation suggests the need for effective ways of engaging or activating communities and supporting community roles, coupled with whole-of-system approaches to understanding climate change and adaptation needs. We have developed and evaluated a participatory approach to elicit community and stakeholder understanding of climate change adaptation needs, and connect diverse community members and local office bearers towards potential action. The approach was trialed in a series of connected social-ecological systems along a transect from a rural area to the coast and islands of ecologically sensitive Moreton Bay in Queensland, Australia. We conducted ‘climate roundtables’ in each of three areas along the transect, then a fourth roundtable reviewed and extended the results to the region as a whole. Influence diagrams produced through the process show how each climate variable forecast to affect this region (heat, storm, flood, sea-level rise, fire, drought) affects the natural environment, infrastructure, economic and social behaviour patterns, and psychosocial responses, and how sets of people, species and ecosystems are affected, and act, differentially. The participatory process proved effective as a way of building local empathy, a local knowledge base and empowering participants to join towards future climate adaptation action. Key principles are highlighted to assist in adapting the process for use elsewhere. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Walker J.,SEQ Catchments | Hardie R.,Alluvium Consulting | Zavadil E.,Alluvium Consulting | Ghajarnia H.,Alluvium Consulting
Acta Horticulturae | Year: 2016

The January 2013 floods badly affected horticultural production in the Laidley Creek Valley in south-east Queensland, causing significant floodplain scour and associated topsoil movement, and channel erosion. The Valley is a highly productive intensive horticultural area within the nationally important Lockyer Valley. For many producers, losses were aggravated by: (i) farm design and infrastructure planning that has been tailored to the management of normal rainfall runoff, rather than flood flows along the floodplain and; (ii) failure of stream bank/levee systems, resulting in large, uncontrolled pulses of flood waters across the floodplain causing scour. SEQ Catchments is working with Government and corporate partners to assist landowners increase the resilience of their production systems to future flood events. The starting point has been to develop a 2D stream and floodplain model of flood flow hydraulics and behaviour which has been used to test options (scenarios) for better managing both the Laidley Creek floodplain and channel. On-farm, SEQ Catchments is working with landowners to improve farm infrastructure planning to increase resilience to flood flow and to address bank/levee instability. Innovative work aimed at increasing floodplain roughness through strategic installation of cross-floodplain roughness structures (Vetiver and post hedges) is being adopted. SEQ Catchments is engaging with landowners to develop individualised farm plans that address other important planning issues for flood flow resilience including crop scheduling and stream restoration works.

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