Glenelg Hopkins CMA policy statements
The challenge of climate change is fundamentally different from all other threats to biodiversity and ecosystem function. It requires a shift in the way natural resource management (NRM) objectives are developed. Despite the overall trend of a hotter and drier climate being clear there are uncertainties in climate change projections and their application at a regional level. These uncertainties are compounded when identifying impacts at local scales because of complexities in ecological interactions and interdependencies. Glenelg Hopkins CMA has developed a set of policy statements that move away from defining static objectives to ones that are more appropriate under a changing climate, and that allow planning for a range of different future states. These statements form the basis of the CMA’s adaptive approach to regional planning under a changing climate and will assist the CMA to:
provide regional leadership and set the example of best practice management of natural resources under climate change
manage for resilience and transformation
manage adaptively for multiple scenarios and for multiple possible futures
keep up to date with research and undertake long-term monitoring of species, communities and ecological processes.