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Towards integrated management of Australia's ecologically significant military training areas

Zentelis, Richard; Lindenmayer, David B; Roberts, J Dale; Dovers, Stephen

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Military training areas (MTAs) in Australia are estimated to cover 2.3 per cent of the continent, or 18M hectares. Current Australian Defence Department policy requires that the values of MTAs be maintained by integrated land management (ILM), which can be defined as the assessment and balancing of competing demands to achieve optimal management of an area. We completed two evaluations of the Australian MTA management framework to determine whether it contained the key features of ILM. Phase 1...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorZentelis, Richard
dc.contributor.authorLindenmayer, David B
dc.contributor.authorRoberts, J Dale
dc.contributor.authorDovers, Stephen
dc.date.accessioned2021-10-07T22:12:27Z
dc.identifier.issn1448-6563
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/250544
dc.description.abstractMilitary training areas (MTAs) in Australia are estimated to cover 2.3 per cent of the continent, or 18M hectares. Current Australian Defence Department policy requires that the values of MTAs be maintained by integrated land management (ILM), which can be defined as the assessment and balancing of competing demands to achieve optimal management of an area. We completed two evaluations of the Australian MTA management framework to determine whether it contained the key features of ILM. Phase 1 of this work involved a desktop study of whether: (1) there are clear management objectives for Australian MTAs that enable adaptive management; (2) the management framework is hierarchical allowing for management cohesion and integration; (3) elements of the hierarchy are consistent and have common objectives; and (4) there was dedicated funding. Phase 2 consisted of meetings with key Australian Department of Defence officials to discuss the operation of the MTA management framework. Our evaluation suggests that the Australian MTA management framework lacks key elements of ILM. Two major failings are a lack of clear, measurable management objectives negating the ability to implement adaptive management, and lack of a clear hierarchy of documentation, making coherent management impossible.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherEnvironment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
dc.rights© 2017 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc.
dc.sourceAustralasian Journal of Environmental Management
dc.subjectMilitary training areas
dc.subjectintegrated land management
dc.subjectadaptive management
dc.subjectenvironmental management
dc.titleTowards integrated management of Australia's ecologically significant military training areas
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume25
dc.date.issued2017
local.identifier.absfor050205 - Environmental Management
local.identifier.absfor070101 - Agricultural Land Management
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB9869
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.routledge.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationZentelis, Richard, College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationLindenmayer, David, College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationRoberts, J Dale, University of Western Australia
local.contributor.affiliationDovers, Stephen, College of Science, ANU
local.description.embargo2099-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue240
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage193
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage211
local.identifier.doi10.1080/14486563.2017.1388194
dc.date.updated2020-11-23T11:23:09Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85038378929
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