Highlighting the need and potential for use of interdisciplinary science in adaptive environmental management

The case of Endangered upland swamps in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

Trent Kohlhagen, Kirstie Fryirs*, Anne Louise Semple

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Abstract

    The Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, including the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park, is arguably one of Australia's most highly valued and iconic wilderness areas. Common to this region are upland swamps (formally 'temperate highland peat swamps on sandstone'), which play a vital hydrological role at the headwaters of the river catchments, as well as providing the habitat for an array of flora and fauna species. This paper involves an interdisciplinary examination into the need and potential for adaptive management in the Blue Mountains. It uses geomorphic (physical) knowledge of swamp condition and social data about the volunteers who rehabilitate them. Research involved using the River Styles river condition framework across 47 swamps and questionnaires and interviews with local rehabilitation volunteers. It is proposed that there is a need and a potential to combine geomorphic understanding with further engagement of community volunteers in order to enable an interdisciplinary approach to adaptive management. Such an approach could result in the effective environmental management of upland swamps in the Blue Mountains.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)439-453
    Number of pages15
    JournalGeographical Research
    Volume51
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

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