20 Years of pacifying responses to environmental management

Jacobson, C., Hughey, K.F.D., Lynch, A.J.J., Nursey-Bray, M., O'Connell, M., Munro, P.G., Vella, K., Whiley, D., Dovers, S., & Carter, R.W. (2014) 20 Years of pacifying responses to environmental management. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 21(2), pp. 143-174.

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Using a state, pressure, response framework, we provide an evidence-based reflection on environmental outcomes in Australia and New Zealand across the domains of climate change, biodiversity, freshwater and marine management, emphasising the role of Indigenous and business perspectives. Significant developments have occurred in the past 20 years through affirmation of Indigenous rights and responsibilities. Responses to climate change have tended to emphasise passive risk management with unclear outcomes. Despite meeting biodiversity protection targets, outcomes are worsening, suggesting a need to challenge the dualistic preservation/production land categorisations. In freshwater and marine management, a mix of collaborative and market-based responses has emerged, although their efficacy remains untested. A reliance on voluntary approaches by business makes critical assessment of progress difficult. Thus, despite strong progress in some areas, the adaptiveness of environmental management remains limited, and many indicators suggest continuing decline in environmental condition. Our responses have been largely pacifying in nature, leading to perverse outcomes and failure to acknowledge alternatives that might address deteriorating environmental conditions. A shift is needed towards deliberative policy experimentation that truly values the application of novel and diversified approaches and facilitates integrated learning across environmental domains.

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ID Code: 76093
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online 31 Jul 2014.
The embargo on the accepted manuscript version will expire on [November 2015.]
Keywords: review, New Zealand, Australia, achievements, environmental management
DOI: 10.1080/14486563.2014.917594
ISSN: 2159-5356
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor and Francis
Deposited On: 09 Sep 2014 23:25
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 16:30

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