Scenarios in the wet tropics of Australia

Scenarios were used in local-scale community-based natural resource management at Mission Beach, a key site of high biodiversity values in the Wet Tropics bioregion of north-east Queensland. We focused on the capacity of scenarios to address the issues of contested interests and uncertainty, aiming specifically to engage the community to build a cohesive vision.

The agreed purpose of the scenarios was to support a comprehensive community engagement strategy that would: (1) provide opportunities for people to say what they want and influence decisions; (2) ensure the wider community is informed about the planning exercise; and (3) develop a strong community vision that would attract wider interest and support. Four scenarios were mapped out originally, but the community requested that only one be fully developed - the Business as Usual, directing us to a threat-based approach. We used back-casting to help with fore-casting of trends.

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Australia

Mission Beach, Queensland

2008

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Rosemary Hill

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Scenarios in the wet tropics of Australia

Resources

Pert, P.L., R. Hill, K.J. Williams, E.K. Harding, T. O'Malley, R.A. Grace, A.P. Dale, I. Bohnet, and J.R.A. Butler. 2010. "Scenarios for community-based approaches to biodiversity conservation: A Case Study from the Wet Tropics, Queensland, Australia." Australian Geographer 41 (3):285-306

Hill, Rosemary, O'Malley, Tony, Grace, Rowena, Williams, Kristen, Pert, Petina, and Jenkins, Suzanne (2010) Mission Beach Habitat Network Action Plan. Report. CSIRO and Terrain NRM, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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