Effective risk reduction and resilience-building across diverse natural landscapes can be measured in values of sustainability, safety and health of those landscapes. Projects in this theme, while focusing on specific areas of interest, will make a demonstrable contribution to the overall objective of sustainable, safe and healthy natural landscapes. This will include contributions from traditional knowledge holders such as First Nations people, land management agencies and other relevant groups.
Acknowledging that cultural practices have been used for millennia as part of a living landscape, there is a need to more fully understand how to benefit from the combined traditional and modern knowledge, to be effective custodians of the land and to reduce the risks posed by natural hazards. This will draw on knowledge holders of all relevant communities and groups.
Measuring effective risk reduction and resilience-building across diverse landscapes needs to develop and incorporate accepted values of sustainability, safety and health of those landscapes.
Research in this theme is expected to explore the topic through a natural hazards lens from a range of perspectives, including:
- the role of cultural and Indigenous-led land management
- all-hazard risk reduction
- environmental recovery
- water availability
- recreational land use
- fuel management
- sustainable forestry
- quantifying the benefits of investing in healthy landscapes and mitigation activities
- understanding values and values trade-offs across the landscape
- urban intrusion and changing land use
- interfaces with settlements, infrastructure and agricultural production
- the impact of climate change on local and regional landscapes.