Creating new options for drought policy could mean transforming drought science
Science provides new options for Australian drought policy
Rethinking the way science supports drought policy could open new opportunities to share the risks of Australia’s variable and changing climate between communities and governments.
7 October 2008 | Updated 14 October 2011
Drought policy presents Australian governments with a difficult dilemma.
Providing acceptable welfare for farm families needs to be balanced with sustainability and economic efficiency goals. The applied science used to support the implementation of current drought policy is aimed at the technical definition of drought, rather than achieving this balance.
Adaptive governance provides a positive alternative - pathways to locally owned systems for sharing climate risk between communities and governments.
Nelson R, Howden SM, Stafford Smith M. 2008. Using adaptive governance to rethink the way science supports Australian drought policy. Environmental Science & Policy. 11: 588-601. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/14629011 [external link]
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