Torres Strait Futures

This CSIRO-Australian Government project applied participatory scenario planning with stakeholders to generate 'no regrets' adaptation strategies for vulnerable community livelihoods in Torres Strait.

The Torres Strait is a region of rich natural and cultural values, with tight linkages between its environmental assets and the livelihoods of local communities. Because of rapid and increasing rate of change and uncertainty, it is important to make predictions of potential changes and plan proactively rather than respond reactively. This requires the design of ‘no regrets’ strategies which bring benefits even in the absence of change, and which are flexible and therefore less likely to be ‘mal-adaptive’. Through participatory scenario planning with Torres Strait communities and stakeholders, informed by integrated ecosystem services, climate and resilience modeling, this project explored potential future scenarios for the region, identify ‘no regrets’ strategies to protect livelihoods and achieve sustainable economic development.

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Torres Strait Islands


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Erin Bohensky

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Torres Strait Futures


Butler, J.R.A., Bohensky, E., Skewes, T., Maru, Y., Busilacchi, S., Rochester, W,, Johnson, J,, Doupe, J. (2012) Torres Strait Futures: Regional Stakeholders’ Future Scenarios and Livelihood Adaptation Strategies -Technical Report. CSIRO

Overview page reports and fact sheets Project 11.1 'Building resilient communities for Torres Strait futures'

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