What are the opportunities to improve the integration of risk reduction and environmental goals in fire management in Australia’s fragmented peri-urban environments?
This research will investigate factors which increase the complexity of fire management within Australia’s fragmented, peri-urban landscapes. Several such factors are identified within the fire management literature including:
- multiple stakeholders with differing perspectives of fire and its management;
- multiple managing organisations;
- the engagement of private land managers and residents;
- competing management objectives, including risk reduction and conservation; and
- decision making in the context of knowledge gaps and continual change.
These and other challenges will be investigated in relation to ‘ongoing’ fire management practices, rather than considering land use planning, or response to and recovery from unplanned fire events.
The research aims to:
- develop an understanding of the perspectives of managing organisations and other stakeholders regarding these challenges;
- capture organisational learning regarding strategies which have / have not been effective in addressing these challenges;
- develop an understanding of how these challenges are currently being managed; and
- identify where opportunities may lie for further research or improved future practices.
The first stage of the research project seeks to investigate how such challenges are currently perceived and managed across fire management organisations in South East Queensland. Those factors which are currently presenting considerable challenges to fire management organisations will be identified, and will become the focus of the remainder of the research.