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Prepare for Impact! When People and Environment Collide in the Tropics



Prepare for Impact! When People and Environment Collide in the Tropics

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When people and environment collide in the tropics


Abdurohman, Rahman; Arnstrong, Rachel; Boggs, Guy; Bowman, David; Brook Barry; Bunn, Stuart; Campbell, Bruce; Cunningham, Anthony; Davies, Diane; Garnett, Stephen; Gerritsen, Rolf; Griffiths, Tony; Morrison, Joe; Yu, Peter; Wright, S. Joseph; Williams, Meryl; Tay, Simon; Steffe, Will; Stacey, Natasha; Srivastava, Leena; Sodhi, Navjot S; Sanchez-Azofeifa, Arturo; Resosudarmo, Budy P; Portillo-Quintero, Carlos; Nurdianto, Ditya Agung; Muller-Landau, Helene C


Stacey, Natasha E; Boggs, Guy S; Campbell, Bruce M.; Steffen, Will


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South East Asia and tropical Australia are undergoing major changes, which are likely to intensify in the next decade. Booming economies in China and India, and potentially other countries, are likely to drive exponential increases in demands for natural resources. Climate change is likely to have severe impacts, ranging from those associated with changes in severity of cyclones, to those associated with sea level rise in shallow oceans. Land cover transformations, already a common feature in many parts, could well decimate biodiversity. Human disease outbreaks, which have already caused alarm and economic disruption, could remain a feature of the region. The challenges are immense; it is timely to reflect on transforming forces and our responses. In May 2006, an international symposium was held in Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia, to discuss these very issues. This publication features papers by leading researchers and policy makers on the following themes:'Drivers of Change; 'Values & Livelihoods; 'What Are the Changes and Their Impacts? The editors of this book all have wide experience in this area. Dr Natasha Stacey is an anthropologist with expertise in natural resource management in the Asia-Pacific region. Dr Guy Boggs has focused his GIS and modelling research on the use of technologies for understanding changes in spatial patterns of vegetation distribution, erosion and runoff response. Prof Bruce Campbell works in the tropics on four continents from humid rainforests to dry woodlands and is focussed on achieving better outcomes for conservation and development and improving the well-being of people through natural resource management and use. Prof Will Steffen has research interests which span a broad range within the field of Earth System science.

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Setting the scene -- Gerritsen : A resilient future for Northern Australia? People, economics and policy issues -- Resosudarmo : Setting the scene : driving forces of change in Southeast Asia -- Drivers of change -- Steffen : Climate change in the tropics -- Srivastava : Securing India's energy future : what does the world have to worry about? -- Tay : Trade and environment in Southeast Asia -- Williams : Food production systems and policy development in Southeast Asia -- Values and livelihoods -- Armstong et al : Indigenous land and sea management and sustainable business development in Northern Australia -- Garnett : Enterprise development by indigenous communities using natural resources : where do the benefits go? -- Campbell et al : Do local people and the environment collide? Who drives environmental change? -- What are the changes and their impacts? -- Cunningham : Culture, livelihoods and conservatism -- Sodhi and Brook : Biodiversity crisis in Southeast Asia -- Wright et al : The future of Southeast Asian forests and their species -- Bunn : Northern Australia -- all that water ... going to waste? -- Bowman : Time's up for Australia's last frontier.




0502 - Environmental Science and Management; Southeast Asia; Northern Australia; Natural Resource Management; Politics & Society

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Charles Darwin University Press (CDU Press)

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vi, 119 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.

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9780980665017; 980665019



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role of natural resource management in poverty reduction and in empowering local people. Professor Anthony Cunningham is an ethnoecologist working on links between natural resources, local livelihoods and conservation. He has worked globally in habitats from desert to tropical rainforest. His primary research interest is the link between people and conservation, centred on the resource values of natural resources to people and conflicts between conservation areas and local communities. His work through Charles Darwin University is supported by the Desert Knowledge CRC. Ms Diane Davies is Principal Investigator on the NASA-funded project, Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS), at the University of Maryland, Virginia. Her research interests are improving the use and uptake of satellite-derived information for natural resource management. Professor Stephen Garnett is Director of the School for Environmental Research at Charles Darwin University, Darwin. He is an environmental scientist with an interest in the knowledge needed to live sustainably in the tropics and in the application of tropical knowledge for the purpose of improving livelihoods and conservation outcomes. He is also recognised for research on conservation management, particularly of threatened species. Professor Rolf Gerritsen is currently a Research Leader, Central Australia in the School for Social Policy Research, Institute of Advanced Studies, at Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs. He has taught at various universities, including a decade at the Australian National University in the Graduate Program in Public Policy. He has also worked as a ministerial staffer and ran his own research consultancy for a number of years. Between 2002 and 2006, he was Director Social/Economic Policy in the Chief Ministers Department in Darwin. Mr Tony Griffiths is a Senior Scientist with the Biodiversity Conservation Division, NT Department of Natural Resources, Environment and The Arts, Darwin. He is an applied ecologist with expertise in natural resource management in northern Australia. His research has included assessing and monitoring biodiversity in protected areas and mine sites. His current research interests include assessing and monitoring the impact of wild harvest for Indigenous livelihoods, and population dynamics of small mammals and reptiles. Mr Joe Morrison is the Executive Officer of the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance (NAILSMA) and Co-Theme Leader within the CRC Tropical Savannas Management based in Darwin. He has spent the last decade working with remote communities throughout the Top End of the Northern Territory and more recently across north Australia to develop local action and capacity to lead Caring for Country initiatives. He is currently a member of two committees that advise the Federal Environment Minister in relation to Indigenous issues and biodiversity arising under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Assistant Professor Helene C. Muller-Landau is a McKnight Land-Grant Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She heads the carbon dynamics working group of the Center for Tropical Forest Science at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and was recently awarded a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering. Her research combines theoretical and empirical approaches to plant community ecology, with a particular focus on the patterns, causes and consequences of tropical forest diversity, structure and dynamics. Mr Ditya Agung Nurdianto graduated in 2001 from California State University in Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts. He majored in economics and minored in world politics. Mr Nurdianto received a Master of Economic Science from the University of Indonesia in 2003. He was a lecturer Prepare for Impact!Contributors 117

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