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Building Resilient Pathways to Transformation when 'No One is in Charge': Insights from Australia's Murray-Darling Basin

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dc.contributor.author Abel, Nick
dc.contributor.author Wise, Russell M.
dc.contributor.author Colloff, Matthew J.
dc.contributor.author Walker, Brian H.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-15T19:53:35Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-15T19:53:35Z
dc.date.issued 2016 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/10211
dc.description.abstract "Climate change and its interactions with complex socioeconomic dynamics dictate the need for decision makers to move from incremental adaptation toward transformation as societies try to cope with unprecedented and uncertain change. Developing pathways toward transformation is especially difficult in regions with multiple contested resource uses and rights, with diverse decision makers and rules, and where high uncertainty is generated by differences in stakeholders’ values, understanding of climate change, and ways of adapting. Such a region is the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia, from which we provide insights for developing a process to address these constraints. We present criteria for sequencing actions along adaptation pathways: feasibility of the action within the current decision context, its facilitation of other actions, its role in averting exceedance of a critical threshold, its robustness and resilience under diverse and unexpected shocks, its effect on future options, its lead time, and its effects on equity and social cohesion. These criteria could potentially enable development of multiple stakeholder-specific adaptation pathways through a regional collective action process. The actual implementation of these multiple adaptation pathways will be highly uncertain and politically difficult because of fixity of resource-use rights, unequal distribution of power, value conflicts, and the likely redistribution of benefits and costs. We propose that the approach we outline for building resilient pathways to transformation is a flexible and credible way of negotiating these challenges." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject climate change en_US
dc.subject collective action en_US
dc.subject equity en_US
dc.subject irrigation en_US
dc.subject resilience en_US
dc.subject wetlands en_US
dc.title Building Resilient Pathways to Transformation when 'No One is in Charge': Insights from Australia's Murray-Darling Basin en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Pacific and Australia en_US
dc.coverage.country Australia en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 21 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth June en_US

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