Climate change and adaptive capacity in the Western Australian rangelands: a review of current institutional responses

Shaw, Ellena and Witt, G. Bradd (2015) Climate change and adaptive capacity in the Western Australian rangelands: a review of current institutional responses. Rangeland Journal, 37 4: 331-344. doi:10.1071/RJ15015


Author Shaw, Ellena
Witt, G. Bradd
Title Climate change and adaptive capacity in the Western Australian rangelands: a review of current institutional responses
Journal name Rangeland Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1036-9872
1834-7541
Publication date 2015-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/RJ15015
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 37
Issue 4
Start page 331
End page 344
Total pages 14
Place of publication Clayton, VIC, Australia
Publisher CSIRO
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract This research analysed contemporary publications concerning climate change adaptation in the agricultural systems of the Western Australian rangelands. The term ‘systems’ refers to the supportive economic and social systems as well as agricultural industries. The aim of the study was to evaluate how the adaptive capacity of agricultural systems is supported given the anticipated challenges of climatic changes. The conceptual framework of adaptive capacity was employed to evaluate progress towards improving adaptation and resilience. Eight key indicators of adaptive capacity formed the evaluative criteria, and were applied to a wide range of publicly available documents relevant to the Western Australian rangelands. Progress towards building adaptive capacity was also evaluated by classifying the documents as ‘aspirational’, ‘in action’ or ‘assessed’. The institutional support for adaptive capacity was found to be adequate, as there was sufficient evidence that relevant institutions were providing mechanisms for social, economic and environmental adaptation in the face of climate change. The viability of the agricultural systems of the Western Australian rangelands has been in decline for some time and, therefore, the degree to which efforts to improve adaptive capacity have been successful was difficult to assess. There were methodological limitations of this research due to the limited breadth of available data and subjectivity within the data analysis process, which may have inhibited the accuracy of the findings and recommendations. Also difficulties inherent in quantifying social, economic and environmental processes at differing geographic and temporal scales, were apparent. This raises important questions regarding the extent to which the literature is able to appropriately reflect actual adaptation within the rangelands, and the extent to which stakeholders (community, pastoralists and regional organisations) perceive that adequate institutional support is being provided.
Keyword Climate adaptation
Document analysis
Rangelands
Resilience
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Collections: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
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