Increasing the understanding and use of natural archives of ecosystem services, resilience and thresholds to improve policy, science and practice

Pearson, Stuart, Lynch, A. Jasmyn J., Plant, Roel, Cork, Steve, Taffs, Kathryn, Dodson, John, Maynard, Simone, Gergis, Joelle, Gell, Peter, Thackway, Richard, Sealie, Lynne and Donaldson, Jim (2015) Increasing the understanding and use of natural archives of ecosystem services, resilience and thresholds to improve policy, science and practice. Holocene, 25 2: 366-378. doi:10.1177/0959683614558650


Author Pearson, Stuart
Lynch, A. Jasmyn J.
Plant, Roel
Cork, Steve
Taffs, Kathryn
Dodson, John
Maynard, Simone
Gergis, Joelle
Gell, Peter
Thackway, Richard
Sealie, Lynne
Donaldson, Jim
Title Increasing the understanding and use of natural archives of ecosystem services, resilience and thresholds to improve policy, science and practice
Journal name Holocene   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1477-0911
0959-6836
Publication date 2015-02-25
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0959683614558650
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 366
End page 378
Total pages 13
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 2306 Global and Planetary Change
1204 Archaeology
2303 Ecology
1904 Earth-Surface Processes
1911 Palaeontology
Abstract Despite the great potential of palaeo-environmental information to strengthen natural resource policy, science and practical outcomes naturally occurring archives of palaeo-environmental and ecosystem service information have not been fully recognised or utilised to inform the development of environmental policy. In this paper, we describe how Australian palaeo-environmental science is improving environmental understanding through local studies and regional syntheses that inform us about past conditions, extreme conditions and altered ecosystem states. Australian innovations in ecosystem services research and palaeo-environmental science contribute in five important contexts: discussions about environmental understanding and management objectives, improving access to information, improved knowledge about the dynamics of ecosystem services, increasing understanding of environmental processes and resource availability, and engaging interdisciplinary approaches to manage ecosystem services. Knowledge of the past is an important starting point for setting present and future resource management objectives, anticipating consequences of trade-offs, sharing risk and evaluating and monitoring the ongoing availability of ecosystem services. Palaeo-environmental information helps reframe discussions about desirable futures and collaborative efforts between scientists, planners, managers and communities. However, further steps are needed to translate the ecosystem services concept into ecosystem services policy and tangible management objectives and actions that are useful, feasible and encompass the range of benefits to people from ecosystems. We argue that increased incorporation of palaeo-environmental information into policy and decision-making is needed for evidence-based adaptive management to enhance sustainability of ecosystem functions and reduce long-term risks.
Keyword Australia
Ecosystem services
Environmental history
Management
Natural resource management
Palaeo-environment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID DE130100668
LP0990151
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 4 Dec 2014

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