Climate change and indigenous natural resource management: a review of socio-ecological interactions in the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM region

Climate change and indigenous natural resource management: a review of socio-ecological interactions in the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM region Journal Article

Local Environment

  • Author(s): Wiseman, Nathanael D., Bardsley, Douglas K.
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Volume: 18
  • ISBN: 1354-9839

Abstract: This article examines key socio-ecological interactions identified during a climate change vulnerability assessment in the Alinytjara Wilurara natural resources management (NRM) region of South Australia. The complex local socio-ecological interactions are highlighted to guide a response to the challenge of adapting to climate change within the region. Recognising several key desert drivers which perpetuate degraded socio-ecological systems, this article recommends that a range of strategies be employed simultaneously to enhance local environmental management in association with remote indigenous communities, including: linking people and NRM more closely; tracking funding but ensuring systems can withstand periods of limited financial support; developing cross-sectoral and cross-institutional links; empowering and engaging communities; communicating effectively; and actively supporting local and traditional environmental knowledge. Unless climate change adaptation responses within the region are conceptualised and enacted within the context of complex local socio-ecological systems, NRM will not improve and social vulnerability will increase.

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Wiseman, Nathanael D., Bardsley, Douglas K., 2013, Climate change and indigenous natural resource management: a review of socio-ecological interactions in the Alinytjara Wilurara NRM region, Volume:18, Journal Article, viewed 17 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=14204.

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