Can ‘Novel’ ecosystems offer suitable rehabilitation alternatives for post-mined landscapes?

Audet, P., Doley, D. and Mulligan, D. (2012). Can ‘Novel’ ecosystems offer suitable rehabilitation alternatives for post-mined landscapes?. In: Life-of-Mine 2012: Conference Proceedings. Life of Mine Conference (AusIMM), Brisbane, Australia, (135-142). 10-12 July 2012.

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Author Audet, P.
Doley, D.
Mulligan, D.
Title of paper Can ‘Novel’ ecosystems offer suitable rehabilitation alternatives for post-mined landscapes?
Conference name Life of Mine Conference (AusIMM)
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 10-12 July 2012
Proceedings title Life-of-Mine 2012: Conference Proceedings
Place of Publication Carlton North, VIC, Australia
Publisher The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM)
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781921522666
Start page 135
End page 142
Total pages 8
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This analysis attempts to reconcile existing ecological theories, rehabilitation planning goals and implementation constraints in the form of a rehabilitation paradigm that considers potential and pragmatic ecosystem transformation pathways. The framework prioritises multiple developmental scenarios for post-disturbed landscapes within a continuum of ecological outcomes. A feature of the framework is that ‘novel’ ecosystems and agro-ecosystems, having a range of commercial and societal values, are valid outcomes spanning the conceptual divide between the ecological functions of under-rehabilitated versus re-instated ‘natural’ landscapes, especially in a changing environment. Landscape suitability analyses are considered to be fundamental to the incorporation of regional landscape and climate in the implementation of land rehabilitation and management strategies. Altogether, the paradigm could facilitate the identification of widely pertinent rehabilitation goals having direct implications at the regional scale of restoration ecology and acceptance of the need for ongoing commitment to the management of disturbed environments.
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Conference theme 'Maximising Rehabilitation Outcomes'

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Created: Fri, 13 Jul 2012, 20:32:45 EST by Dr Patrick Audet on behalf of Centre For Mined Land Rehabilitation