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OPINION Open-minded Geographers: Their Potential Role in Integrated Adaptive Environmental Management

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Abstract:

There are three key factors to be considered in comprehensive environmental management: (a) integration across disciplines and interests; (b) flexibility and adaptability based on feedback; and (c) interactions between policy and implementation at different scales. Successful management is both integrated and inclusive, and also adaptive and flexible. It involves a synthesis of work, requiring empathy among contributors and active synthesis. Furthermore, there is a need for a dialectical consideration of processes acting at various scales. Geographers who are not too narrowly specialised have a key role to play, and, collectively, might have been more centrally involved in environmental management than they have been.

Keywords: Geography; environment; flexibility; inclusiveness; integration; management; scale; sustainability; synthesis

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0004918042000311368

Affiliations: Macquarie University Australia

Publication date: November 1, 2004

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