Uptake of climate change adptation pathways and opportunities into Wet Tropics CLuster NRM plans: System building in progress

This document is designed to capture progress and explain the underlying ideas about how knowledge sharing can support adaptation. We first present our interactive model which we are using to develop, conduct and evaluate the uptake of knowledge, and the methods we are using to collect data relevant to evaluating outcomes. The interactive model facilitates shared learning and collaboration between Streams 1 and 2. Importantly, our approach draws on the proposition that adaptation pathways need to move away from being conceptualised as a series of pre-determined decision points, and instead be conceptualised as ongoing pathways of change and response.

The results section of the report provides details of our interactions: knowledge brokering activities that have occurred; some examples of co-produced knowledge products; and an overview of progress in each NRM region distilled from in-depth interviews and documentary analysis. The WTC NRM organisations are transitioning, through diverse strategies, from a traditional “plan” to an innovative “planning system”. Our approach strengthens their capacity to deliver innovative climate adaptation strategies in the planning systems they are building. We propose that ongoing adaptation decision-making is best supported through systems of ongoing knowledge co-production and exchange.

In this report we are pleased to also highlight the exciting transformations underway in the Cape York region through a special section Planning by Doing with Social-Ecological Cultural Systems for Adaptation Pathways in Cape York NRM Region. Cape York Peninsula is a highly diverse region ecologically, socially and culturally; it is distinguished by complex interactions between major environmental, social and political issues, and a deep heritage of traditional cultures with a low population base over a large expanse of land. The “Planning by Doing” enables the community opportunity to inform action based on their knowledge and experience of these unique Cape York socio-cultural ecological environments and learn from each other through NRM initiatives that are already underway. An Indigenous led co-generative research approach has contributed to enabling Indigenous led planning and co-generation of solution spaces, drawing on experiences in responding to the wicked problem of fire management.

The full analysis and evaluation of knowledge uptake has yet to be completed, as data is still being collected, and a number of stakeholder workshops still need to be facilitated. This report therefore provides an overview of the research methods, a summary of activities undertaken and preliminary results to date. We conclude with a discussion of issues and implications for climate adaptation



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Geographic and Temporal Extents
Cape York, Wet Tropics, Torres Strait, Mackay Whitsunday
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Attributions and Constraints
© 2015 Copyright in this report is owned by CSIRO and James Cook University. This report has been generated jointly by CSIRO and James Cook University for the purposes of reporting to the Commonwealth of Australia as part of the NRM Fund program.
CSIRO Land and Water, James Cook University
Kelsea Biggs Luke Preece Matthew Curnock Catherine Moran Ilisapeci Lyons Stephen M Turton Petina L Pert Rosemary Hill Peta-Marie Standley
Hill, R., Pert, P.L., Lyons, I., Turton, S.M., Moran, C. Eds. (2015) Uptake of climate change adaptation pathways and opportunities into Wet Tropics Cluster NRM Plans: System building in progress. May 2015. CSIRO Land and Water Flagship and James Cook University, Cairns.