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Climate change, wildfires and wetland ecosystem services: governing transformation

McCormack, PC ORCID: 0000-0001-6751-8291 2020 , 'Climate change, wildfires and wetland ecosystem services: governing transformation' , University of Queensland Law Journal, vol. 39, no. 3 , pp. 417-447 .

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Australia’s 2019–20 fire season has been described as the ‘Black Summer’. Vastswathes of the continent burned, including areas that have not been fire-prone in thepast, such as wet rainforest and alpine wetlands. This article considers the implicationsof more frequent and intense wildfires for wetland ecosystems and the extremelyvaluable ecosystem services that they provide. The article investigates what Australia’slaws have to say about restoring ecosystem services after extreme events such as fire.In particular, the article considers the extent to which existing laws anticipate thepossibility of ecosystem transformation, asking: what do our laws require ifrestoration is not possible?

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:McCormack, PC
Keywords: ecosystem services, wetlands, climate change adaptation, wildfire, bushfire
Journal or Publication Title: University of Queensland Law Journal
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
ISSN: 0083-4041
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