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What are the policy priorities for sustaining ecological processes? A case study from Victoria, Australia

Mcgregor, Ann, Coffey, Brian, Deutsch, Carrie, Wescott, Geoff and Robinson, Jim 2011, What are the policy priorities for sustaining ecological processes? A case study from Victoria, Australia, Ecological management and restoration, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 194-199.

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Title What are the policy priorities for sustaining ecological processes? A case study from Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Mcgregor, Ann
Coffey, Brian
Deutsch, Carrie
Wescott, GeoffORCID iD for Wescott, Geoff orcid.org/0000-0002-9392-3319
Robinson, Jim
Journal name Ecological management and restoration
Volume number 12
Issue number 3
Start page 194
End page 199
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2011-12
ISSN 1442-7001
Keyword(s) biodiversity policy
ecological processes
nature conservation
Summary Developments in ecological theory indicate that ecological processes have major implications for sustaining biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services. Consequently, conservation actions that focus solely on particular species, vegetation communities, habitats or sites ('assets') are unlikely to be effective over the long term unless the ecological processes that support them continue to function. Efforts to sustain biodiversity must embrace both 'assets' and 'process-oriented' approaches. Existing knowledge about ecological processes, incomplete though it is, has not been adequately considered in government decision making. It is, therefore, necessary to consider how to build consideration of ecological processes into legislative and institutional frameworks, policy and planning processes, and on-ground environmental management. Drawing on insights from interviews, a facilitated workshop, and a literature review, this paper identifies a suite of policy priorities and associated reforms which should assist in ensuring that ecological processes are given more attention in policy-making processes. It is concluded that a multi-pronged approach is required, because there are no 'silver bullets' for sustaining ecological processes.
Language eng
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio Economic Objective 960605 Institutional Arrangements for Environmental Protection
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Ecological Society of Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30044176

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