Southern slopes adaptation partnership
Southern slopes adaptation partnership
The Southern Slopes Climate Change Adaptation Research Partnership (SCARP) was funded through the federal government’s Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Program, as part of an initiative to advance planning for climate change across Australia’s 56 Natural Resource Management (NRM) regions.
SCARP worked with NRM planners on strategies for dealing with the uncertainty and complexity of climate change. Its objectives were to provide regionally-relevant information on climate change impacts and potential adaptation responses, and to improve the capacity of regional NRM organisations to plan for climate change. The Southern Slopes Cluster region consists of five coastal Victorian Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs), three Tasmanian NRM regions and NSW's Southern East Local Land Services.
Researchers engaged with the regions via interviews, focus groups and workshops to determine needs and capacity, and create information products to meet those requirements. A comprehensive range of publications and planning tools were delivered, which NRM organisations in the region are now using for both short and long-term adaptive planning.
Through interdisciplinary research and a participatory, co-production approach, SCARP has built capacity, skill and self-efficacy among the NRM planners and the research team.
The emerging community of practice will ensure the lessons learnt will be built into future planning. Ongoing research and support for this work will be important for continuing to extend the theory of adaptation pathways into practice.
The publications (as listed below) cover climate change impacts, carbon sequestration opportunities, adaptation planning approaches, spatial prioritisation of scarce resources and adaptive capacity assessment. They provide information and enabling approaches that NRM planners are currently adopting as integral components of their climate change impact and adaptation plans and engagement processes.
- Southern slopes information portal report: climate change adaptation information for natural resource planning and implementation: wide-ranging and detailed information on NRM-relevant climate change exposures, sensitivities, impacts, uncertainties, as well as mitigation and adaptation options.
- Adaptation pathways: a playbook for developing options for climate change adaptation in natural resource management: guides users through five broad activities or ‘plays’ as an approach to pathways planning for climate change.
- A review of carbon sequestration in vegetation and soils: opportunities and barriers for the Southern Slopes Cluster NRM organisations: focuses on ways of sequestering and maintaining carbon in aquatic and terrestrial environments.
- A means-to-an-end: a process guide for participatory spatial prioritisation in Australian natural resource management: support for making decisions about where scarce resources should be invested to create the best possible outcomes.
- An adaptive capacity guide book: assessing, building and evaluating the capacity of communities to adapt in a changing climate: support for building capacity to meet future change with confidence.
- Current issues assessment tool: an excel spreadsheet template that can be adapted to assess the current situation for an NRM asset, system or sub-region/catchment.
- NRM organisations have access a suite of information products and planning tools for region-specific adaptive planning
- An emerging community of practice within NRM organisations and the research sector focused on the challenge of planning for climate change in NRM
- Improved links between researchers and NRM practitioners, and between different NRM organisations, which will ensure learning will be built into future planning.
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