Resolving conflicts in fire management using decision theory: asset-protection versus biodiversity conservation

Driscoll, Don A., Lindenmayer, David B., Bennett, Andrew F., Bode, Michael, Bradstock, Ross A., Cary, Geoffrey J., Clarke, Michael F., Dexter, Nick, Fensham, Rod, Friend, Gordon, Gill, Malcolm, Stuart, James, Kay, Geoff, Keith, David A., MacGregor, Chris, Possingham, Hugh P., Russel-Smith, Jeremy, Salt, David, Watson, James E. M., Williams, Dick and York, Alan 2010, Resolving conflicts in fire management using decision theory: asset-protection versus biodiversity conservation, Conservation letters, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 215-223, doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2010.00115.x.

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Title Resolving conflicts in fire management using decision theory: asset-protection versus biodiversity conservation
Author(s) Driscoll, Don A.
Lindenmayer, David B.
Bennett, Andrew F.
Bode, Michael
Bradstock, Ross A.
Cary, Geoffrey J.
Clarke, Michael F.
Dexter, Nick
Fensham, Rod
Friend, Gordon
Gill, Malcolm
Stuart, James
Kay, Geoff
Keith, David A.
MacGregor, Chris
Possingham, Hugh P.
Russel-Smith, Jeremy
Salt, David
Watson, James E. M.
Williams, Dick
York, Alan
Journal name Conservation letters
Volume number 3
Issue number 4
Start page 215
End page 223
Total pages 9
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010-08
ISSN 1755-263X
Keyword(s) back-burning
decision theory
management actions
multi-criteria optimization
planned fire;policy implications
post-fire rehabilitation
Summary Agencies charged with nature conservation and protecting built-assets from fire face a policy dilemma because management that protects assets can have adverse impacts on biodiversity. Although conservation is often a policy goal, protecting built-assets usually takes precedence in fire management implementation. To make decisions that can better achieve both objectives, existing trade-offs must first be recognized, and then policies implemented to manage multiple objectives explicitly. We briefly review fire management actions that can conflict with biodiversity conservation. Through this review, we find that common management practices might not appreciably reduce the threat to built-assets but could have a large negative impact on biodiversity. We develop a framework based on decision theory that could be applied to minimize these conflicts. Critical to this approach is (1) the identification of the full range of management options and (2) obtaining data for evaluating the effectiveness of those options for achieving asset protection and conservation goals. This information can be used to compare explicitly the effectiveness of different management choices for conserving species and for protecting assets, given budget constraints. The challenge now is to gather data to quantify these trade-offs so that fire policy and practices can be better aligned with multiple objectives
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2010.00115.x
Field of Research 050209 Natural Resource Management
Socio Economic Objective 960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
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