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Integrated monitoring and assessment to support adaptive management and planning - Final report

Gillespie, Graeme, Stevens, Alys, Mahney, Terry, Legge, Sarah and LowChoy, Jenni (2015). Integrated monitoring and assessment to support adaptive management and planning - Final report<br />. Darwin, NT: Charles Darwin University.

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Author Gillespie, Graeme
Stevens, Alys
Mahney, Terry
Legge, Sarah
LowChoy, Jenni
Title of Report Integrated monitoring and assessment to support adaptive management and planning - Final report
Publication Date 2015
ISBN 978-1-925167-25-2   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Publisher Charles Darwin University
Place of Publication Darwin, NT
Total Pages 24
Field of Research 300800 Environmental Sciences
Abstract Summary

This project sought to develop and evaluate different approaches to biodiversity monitoring, with different governance structures and different levels of Indigenous participation and engagement, across northern Australia. In particular it sought to develop and evaluate biodiversity monitoring methods to augment delivery of improved biodiversity conservation outcomes on Indigenous managed lands, through developing collaborative approaches with Indigenous landowners with varying levels of land management capacity and experience.

The project established a framework and platform from which to build and refine monitoring programs for Indigenous managers that inform their management. Specific objectives, methods, level of support and participation from scientists and ecologists are contingent on a wide range of factors related to existing capacity and momentum with targeted land management. Overall design and most aspects of data management will continue to require strong partner support from ecologists and natural resource managers for the foreseeable future.

Broader engagement with a wider network of Indigenous land managers about the value of monitoring and evaluation is desirable. There is further potential for development of tools to aid Indigenous groups with uptake and implementation of monitoring. Further work is required to develop a higher level of coordination and integration of biodiversity monitoring and reporting across different land tenures and traditional custodial arrangements.
Additional Notes This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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