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Hydrobiologia

, Volume 552, Issue 1, pp 33–44 | Cite as

Incorporating Research Results into Wetland Management: Lessons from Recovery Catchments in Saline Landscapes

  • Stuart A. Halse
  • Tilo Massenbauer
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Abstract

Use of science in wetland management has increased considerably over the last 50 years but there is still scope for improving the transfer of research results into management. Issues that lead to less than optimal transfer include: (1) managers not accessing existing technical information adequately, (2) researchers addressing issues of peripheral importance to management rather than key information needs, (3) managers failing to identify significant information gaps and to resource appropriate research in a timely way, (4) scale of research and certainty of results being inappropriate for application to broad-scale situations by managers responsible for outcomes, and (5) funding bodies not fully recognizing that transfer of research results to management requires a development phase. Establishment of recovery catchments in the Western Australian wheatbelt, with the aim of maintaining regional biodiversity in the face of increasing dryland salinisation, is a program that relies on transferring research results into management. However, the multi-disciplinary nature of managing salinisation is a challenge for many catchment managers and formal management systems are probably an important adjunct to close knowledge of the catchment when making management decisions. An examination of management planning and actions in the Lake Warden Natural Diversity Recovery Catchment, south-west Western Australia, highlights the continuum between research and management, the importance of understanding the physical environment when managing biodiversity, and the fact that much wetland conservation relies on management action in terrestrial landscapes.

Keywords

catchment management reserve management biodiversity salinisation Western Australia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Conservation and Land ManagementScience DivisionWannerooAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Conservation and Land ManagementSouth Coast RegionEsperanceAustralia

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