Concurrent Session 2:S2: Sustainable estuaries and societal benefits: linkages, challenges and future trade-offs
Chair: Fiona Valesini
There are few other environments where the concepts of ‘connectivity’ and ‘sustainability’ across natural-societal realms come into sharper focus than in estuaries. These diverse and productive ecosystems provide connective pathways from catchment to coast, and are major nuclei for people given the extensive societal benefits they provide. Seven of the eight Australian capital cities and 22 of the 32 largest cities globally are located on estuaries, which has, however, led to them becoming among the most degraded of all aquatic ecosystems. Resultant threats to food security, safety, livelihoods, culture and diversity provide clear evidence of the tight interdependence between environmental and societal sustainability in these systems. Maintaining or remediating estuarine health is a global challenge, reflecting their complexity, often highly modified states, myriad of uses and users, conflicts over preserving ecological vs economic interests and the need for truly collaborative efforts across research disciplines, stakeholders and institutions. Presentations are invited in the areas of: Understanding trade-offs in estuarine and societal health, estuarine and/or societal health indices, resilience and ‘tipping points, quantifying estuarine ecosystem services, approaches for supporting adaptive management across estuarine-societal systems, and Forecasting system change under future scenarios.
Sponsor of Sustainable estuaries and societal benefits: linkages, challenges and future trade-offs. – Regional Estuaries Initiative
- LocationBallroom 1, DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade
- Session TimeWednesday 5th July 3:40pm to 5:00pm