WIT Press


An Integrated Decision Support Framework For Ecosystem Management At The Local Scale

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SPD030621

Volume

67

Pages

10

Published

2003

Size

691.23 kb

Author(s)

D. Temple-Smith, G. McDonald & C. McAlpine

Abstract

An integrated decision support framework for ecosystem management at the local scale D. ~emple-smith', G. Mc~onald* & C. Mc~lpinel '~chool of Geography, Planning and Architecture, University of Queensland, Australia 2 CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Australia Abstract Ecosystem and landscape management presents a complex array of problems for decision-makers at all levels of government. Land-use planners and naturalresource managers are faced with the dual complexity of incorporating existing policy and planning constraints with scientific understanding about ecosystem and landscape processes, into the decision-making process. This requires enhanced decision-making frameworks, improved access to scientific knowledge, and an ability to apply this knowledge effectively across multiple spatial scales. Th~s paper outlines an integrated decision-support framework and, as part of this framework, describes a decision-making tool (ECO-DECISION) for ecosystem management at the local scale in Queensland,

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