Development of regional production areas in a changing climate: a case study of Gippsland, Australia

Sposito, Victor A., Romeijn, Harmen and Faggian, Robert 2016, Development of regional production areas in a changing climate: a case study of Gippsland, Australia, Applied spatial analysis and policy, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 365-387, doi: 10.1007/s12061-015-9152-4.

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Title Development of regional production areas in a changing climate: a case study of Gippsland, Australia
Author(s) Sposito, Victor A.ORCID iD for Sposito, Victor A.
Romeijn, Harmen
Faggian, RobertORCID iD for Faggian, Robert
Journal name Applied spatial analysis and policy
Volume number 9
Issue number 3
Start page 365
End page 387
Total pages 23
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2016-09
ISSN 1874-463X
Keyword(s) Climate change
Spatial (territorial) planning
Eco-ecological model
Multifunctional agriculture
Production areas
Lan sustainability analysis
Summary Increased global demand for agricultural production is being driven, in particular, by the rising middle class in the Asia-Pacific geo-region. The significant role of natural resource-based industries, especially agriculture, in the development of non-metropolitan regions is again being recognised. In this context, this article describes a spatial analysis approach to agricultural development based on the development of Production Areas (PAs) in regional/rural economies. PAs are spatial units within regions selected for the intensive sustainable development of agriculture (including forestry, agro-forestry and bio-energy), their associated activities and underpinning infrastructure. A case study in a resource-based region in Australia—Gippsland – explains the approach. This is informed by the eco-economy model of endogenous regional/rural development, which addresses the links between novel co-production and consumption networks. The methodology for the identification and analysis of PAs has, at its core, Land Suitability Analyses of those agricultural commodities currently cultivated in the region and those that could be grown in future climates. The use of GIS enables us to overlay and analyse several constraints (e.g. flood erosion and salinity risk) and resources (e.g. water and transport) to define PAs and the available land within each of them. The approach is further illustrated by focusing in one PA—Macalister, an irrigated dairy production area where recent dry climatic conditions caused a substantial decline in water resources. Key elements for the sustainable development of this PA are outlined including construction of Blue-Green Infrastructure. Comments on the approach and the need for strategic long-term planning concludes the article.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s12061-015-9152-4
Field of Research 120505 Regional Analysis and Development
050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
070102 Agricultural Land Planning
1205 Urban And Regional Planning
1604 Human Geography
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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