Monitoring and management

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) pilot Regional Environmental Strategies provide an example of an attempted integration of monitoring to a management plan on a regional scale. The following table represented work in progress at the time in the pilot project in the Southern Region of Cornells, Adelaide (Alexandra & White 1997). The monitoring and management table was partially completed from discussion at a workshop for local government and community, but the targets could not be resolved at that time (Alexandra et al. 1998).

Table 4.8 Monitoring and management table

The nature of the issue (following the Regonal Environmental Strategy) *

The cause of the issue, noting the indicator

The current condition of the environment, noting the indicator (RES)

The objective for the issue, as outlined in the regional strategy

KEY ISSUE (RES p. 112)

CAUSE OF THE ISSUE

[pressure indicator]

CURRENT CONDITION AND TREND

OBJECTIVE/

GOAL

Maintain and improve the ecological health of sand dune areas

Recreational activities. Weed invasion.

[distribution and abundance of weed species]

[beach user numbers]

[condition indicator]

Low species diversity; many weed infested areas; de-vegetated areas common [no. indigenous species] [area of dune erosion due to human activity]

Protect, restore, rehabilitate and revegetate remnant dune areas (p. 125)

Maintain and improve the ecological health of saltflat areas

Development

Saltflats of the Onkaparinga Estuary reduced by bank enclosure; polluted and impacted by foot traffic. (total area of saltflat, ha.)

Protect and maintain the biodiversity of coastal ecosystems of high conservation value (p. 121)

Maintain and improve the ecological health of seagrass areas

Raised nutrient levels due to land based discharges [Quantity of effluent from Christies Beach WWTP]

Continued dieback, since1970s: caused by reduced light (turbidity) and epiphyte growth (nutrients).

[Area of seagrass, ha.]

Protect and maintain the biodiversity of coastal ecosystems of high conservation value (p. 121)

Maintain and improve the ecological health of coastal cliff heath areas

Recreation, development and previous grazing [recreation numbers]

Coastal cliff heath vegetation in tiny remnants only. [indigenous species numbers]

Protect, restore, rehabilitate and revegetate vulnerable cliff areas (p. 125)

Maintain and improve the ecological health of reef areas

Combined pressure of recreational activity and pollution

Continued reduction in algal and mollusc species [Species counts – Reefwatch]

Protect and maintain the biodiversity of coastal ecosystems of high conservation value (p.121)

A reasonable target within your overall objective; quantified if possible

Actions to meet this target (RES)

The measures which show you are carrying out appropriate processes to address the issue

TARGET

STRATEGIES AND ACTIONS

PROCESS [response indicator]

Ensure remnant dunes are protected within coastal linear park Ensure adequate management plans for remnant dunes

Work with community groups on dune conservation, including re-planting and protection

Promote interpretive schemes for dunes under particular pressure (p. 125) Seek conservation status for the regionally scarce samphire flats of the Onkaparinga Estuary (p. 125)

[Time and money spent on dune rehabilitation]

Manage stormwater and effluent flow to the Gulf (p. 125)

Ensure adequate management plans Work with community groups to protect and restore (p. 125)

Undertake an audit (turbidity, reef health, reef species)

Collaborate with dive clubs and SARDI in monitoring aquatic reserves Support protected status of these areas by minimising stormwater flow Investigate impact of recreation and management strategies for intertidal reefs

Table 4.8 Monitoring and management table (continued)

The nature of the issue (following the Regional Environmental Strategy)*

The cause of the issue, noting the indicator

The current condition of the environment, noting the indicator (RES)

The objective for the issue, as outlined in the regional strategy

KEY ISSUE (RESp. 112)

CAUSE OF THE ISSUE

CURRENT

CONDMON AND

TREND

OBJECTIVE/

GOAL

Prevention/ containment of oil spills

Traffic of tankers to major terminal at Port Stanvac [Number of tanker calls at Port Stanvac]

Many minor but no major spills. No impact on marine life or recreational beaches [Number of spills]

Minimise impacts of oil spills in the Gulf (p. 121)

Loss of coastal reserves over longterm

Demand for various uses of coastal land

At present the reis a discontinuous pattern of coastal reserves.

In places access to coast is restricted [area of coastal reserves]

Development of a coastal linear park

 
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