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Functional Land Management: Bridging the Think-Do-Gap using a multi-stakeholder science policy interface
- O’Sullivan, Lilian, Wall, David, Creamer, Rachel, Bampa, Francesca, Schulte, RogierP. O.
- Ambio 2018 v.47 no.2 pp. 216-230
- biodiversity, carbon cycle, habitats, issues and policy, land management, markets, nutrients, primary productivity, soil, stakeholders, water purification, watersheds
- Functional Land Management (FLM) is proposed as an integrator for sustainability policies and assesses the functional capacity of the soil and land to deliver primary productivity, water purification and regulation, carbon cycling and storage, habitat for biodiversity and recycling of nutrients. This paper presents the catchment challenge as a method to bridge the gap between science, stakeholders and policy for the effective management of soils to deliver these functions. Two challenges were completed by a wide range of stakeholders focused around a physical catchment model—(1) to design an optimised catchment based on soil function targets, (2) identify gaps to implementation of the proposed design. In challenge 1, a high level of consensus between different stakeholders emerged on soil and management measures to be implemented to achieve soil function targets. Key gaps including knowledge, a mix of market and voluntary incentives and mandatory measures were identified in challenge 2.