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Building blocks of economic resilience to climate change: a south east Australian fisheries example

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van Putten, EI and Jennings, S and Pecl, GT and Frusher, SD and Gardner, C and Haward, M and Hobday, AJ and Nursey-bray, M and Punt, A and Revill, H (2013) Building blocks of economic resilience to climate change: a south east Australian fisheries example. Regional Environmental Change. (In Press)

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Abstract

Climate change will impact on ecological, social, and economic elements of fisheries; however, the three are seldom considered in an integrated fashion. We develop a fishery-level assessment of economic resilience to climate change for the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery, a linked social–ecological system. We outline the main climate change forcing influences that link climate change to the fishery via changes in lobster abundance, distribution, and phenology. Using a bottom-up approach, we identify twelve economic attributes strongly related to the fisheries’ economic resilience to climate change. Resilience attributes are grouped according to the level of the economic domain (business, sectoral, and governance). Attributes are then evaluated to determine the overall economic resilience of the rock lobster fishery in the context of the specific nature of predicted climate change effects. We identify areas of low resilience in the economic sub-system for this fishery. Evaluating the economic resilience of regional fisheries using this integrated, interdisciplinary framework provides a practical, parsimonious, and conceptually sound basis for undertaking comprehensive and contextually tailored
assessments of climate change impacts and economic vulnerability. The framework can be extended to include a broader range of climate change impacts and the social domain of the human sub-system.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Regional Environmental Change
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1007/s10113-013-0456-0
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Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2013 00:52
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:55
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