Open-minded geographers: Their potential role in integrated adaptive environmental management

Graeme Aplin*, Paul Batten

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There are three key factors to be considered in comprehensive environmental management: (a) integration across disciplines and interests; (b) flexibility and adaptability based on feedback; and (c) interactions between policy and implementation at different scales. Successful management is both integrated and inclusive, and also adaptive and flexible. It involves a synthesis of work, requiring empathy among contributors and active synthesis. Furthermore, there is a need for a dialectical consideration of processes acting at various scales. Geographers who are not too narrowly specialised have a key role to play, and, collectively, might have been more centrally involved in environmental management than they have been.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-363
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian Geographer
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004


  • geography
  • environment
  • management
  • integration
  • synthesis
  • inclusiveness
  • flexibility
  • scale
  • sustainability


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