Andrew Woodward, Day Two

Journal, day two

Key points
Best practise is to include the social and cultural aspects of indigenous peoples into eco system management.
BM WH listed on two grounds, eucalyptus and its ability to host research
Threats come from natural sources (eg. Fire), people (eg Development, Tourism, mining, logging) and impacts from humans (eg. Pollution and disease)
Introduced fauna – Foxes, cats, pigs, horses, goats
Chemicals used to eradicate introduced species
Animals develop immunity to chemicals
Massive impacts from climate change on the BM

Key new things
Community consultation on culling of animals – very sensitive issue
We will have to retreat from coasts (sea level), forests (Fire), inland (Heat and drought) and coastal lowlands (sea levels). Puts more pressure on urban ecosystems. Impact on business, relocation of retail, insurance, people, services, transport (planes, road, ferries and trains).
Not everyone acts in the common interest. Miners think they act in the common interest, economic development. Environmentalists think they act in the common interest, ecosystem preservation.

Further investigation
Public affairs and community engagements associated with culling
Insurance company attitudes toward development in the Blue Mountains

3 Comments Add yours

  1. rchapple2014 says:

    distinguish between public interest and common interest e.g. public interest may be a view portrayed by a vocal minority which gets media traction.

    slight correction – animals don’t develop immunity to ‘chemicals’ but can develop immunity to specific diseases introduced for population control (e.g. rabbits – such as myxomatosis and calicivirus)

    1. Andrew Woodward says:

      Thank you

    2. Andrew Woodward says:

      Public interest has the greatest social and economic benefit in line with acceptable community standards.

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