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Type: Journal article
Title: Climate change and indigenous natural resource management: A review of socio-ecological interactions in the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM region
Author: Wiseman, N.
Bardsley, D.
Citation: Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability, 2013; 18(9):1024-1045
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 1354-9839
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Nathanael D. Wiseman and Douglas K. Bardsley
Abstract: This article examines key socio-ecological interactions identified during a climate change vulnerability assessment in the Alinytjara Wilurara natural resources management (NRM) region of South Australia. The complex local socio-ecological interactions are highlighted to guide a response to the challenge of adapting to climate change within the region. Recognising several key desert drivers which perpetuate degraded socio-ecological systems, this article recommends that a range of strategies be employed simultaneously to enhance local environmental management in association with remote indigenous communities, including: linking people and NRM more closely; tracking funding but ensuring systems can withstand periods of limited financial support; developing cross-sectoral and cross-institutional links; empowering and engaging communities; communicating effectively; and actively supporting local and traditional environmental knowledge. Unless climate change adaptation responses within the region are conceptualised and enacted within the context of complex local socio-ecological systems, NRM will not improve and social vulnerability will increase.
Keywords: climate change
natural resource management
Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands
South Australia
Description: Published online: 11 Jan 2013
Rights: © 2013 Taylor & Francis
DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2012.752799
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