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Responding to risks to conservation in multifunctional landscapes Douglas Bardsley Geographical & Environmental Studies, University of Adelaide. Email: douglas.bardsley@adelaide.edu.au Fourby40 seminar SA Department of Natural Resources & Environment Adelaide, November 2010 Slide 2 Regional Adaptation Planning How big is this going to be? need to inform Tough governance challenge need to integrate When & how do we incorporate the climate change impacts into our future planning? need to engage (Bardsley and Sweeney 2010) Slide 3 (Source: McInnes et al. 2003) Mediterranean climatic regions except for SA all are Global biodiversity hotspots! (Bardsley 2010a) Slide 4 Colour Key for Exposure, Sensitivity, Potential impact & Vulnerability (not Adaptive capacity) Low -Medium High- Key for Adaptive capacity Limited Medium Significant XXXX (Bardsley 2006) Slide 5 Issues for conservation Risks are likely to involve a fundamental re- organisation of the local ecology eg. 1 o Changing climate: Drying, temperatures 2 o Changing ecological processes & interactions: disturbance regimes - Bushfires 3 o Demands from other sectors for space & adaptation responses: Bushfire management policies Do our policies respond to these levels of risk? Slide 6 Designing & implementing strong adaptation policy: the NatureLinks example Key Elements: Connectedness No species loss Integration & partnerships People in Nature (DEH 2004) Slide 7 Comparative rating of the importance of current environmental issues (Bardsley & Liddicoat 2008) Slide 8 EPIDEMIE study (Bardsley & Edwards-Jones 2006; 2007) Slide 9 Perceived importance of environmental issues (important many plants did not originate on the island = Group A, not important = Group B) (p