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Patricia Von Baumgarten and Sean Connell at AMSA 2009

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Leading scientists from the University of Adelaide, led by Associate Professor Sean Connell, believe kelp forests along the Adelaide metro coastline, once considered to be declining due to human …

Leading scientists from the University of Adelaide, led by Associate Professor Sean Connell, believe kelp forests along the Adelaide metro coastline, once considered to be declining due to human activity, will be brought back to life thanks to the State Government’s new water initiatives.

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  • 1. Patricia von Baumgarten Sean Connell
  • 2. OUTLINE • Policy • Connecting Science and Policy • Connecting Science and Politics • SA Examples • DEH-The University of Adelaide partnership • A view from the the kelps
  • 3. Concepts Public Policy Evidence-based Policy •How politicians make a •Scientific knowledge difference •Research and data •Instrument of governance •Analysis of stakeholder opinion •The decisions that direct public •Economic and statistical resources in one direction but not modelling another •cost/benefit analysis Source: The Australian Policy Handbook, Bridgman and Davis, 2004 “for civil servants, a capacity to analyse problems rationally and empirically and to advance options for action by Government is a basic ethical duty” (Terry Moran)
  • 4. Elements of Policy Decision Science Politics Adapted from Banks, 2009
  • 5. Policy Cycle Policy Consultation instruments Policy analysis Coordination START: Identify Issues Decision Evidence is Evaluation Implementation necessary in each stage Bridgman and Davis 2004
  • 6. What about connecting science and politics? Science needs to be understood so it can inform public debate….which leads to less emotive arguments and better outcomes….. • Communicating science in an understandable manner – science communicators • Connecting science with people – science week • Connecting science with members of parliament – science meets parliament • Making science accessible – journals can be expensive!!! • Engaging people in scientific programs – Reefwatch, Reef Life Survey • Prioritising connecting science in budget cycles
  • 7. How do we do it in SA? • Scientific capability and expertise in policy development • Research culture • Engage people in scientific debate • Committees with members from community discussing science • Opportunity for indigenous people to contribute with their knowledge • Attendance to public events • Academic Involvement providing for independence • Scientific peer review • Scientific Working Group that advises the Minister • Scientists as members of statutory committees • Contract with Flinders University to engage the services of Prof Fairweather • Partnerships - Adelaide University
  • 8. Th ei ss WHEN & HOW DID THIS PATTERN TAKE SHAPE? ue
  • 9. Go Cro ve ss Courtesy of DEH Co rn ns me en nT su s
  • 10. CA us es (+4‰) (0‰) (+10‰) δ15N δ15N δ15N
  • 11. CA us es
  • 12. so lu Ti o ns Recovery (~ 3 years) Natural Urban Watershed
  • 13. so lu Ti o ns 100 80 60 40 % R o e y v c ) ( r 20 0 0 20 40 60 80 100 Turf covers (%) Polluted seascapes Control seascapes
  • 14. so lu Ti o Non-removal control ns Turf removal 100 80 60 40 % R o e y v c ) ( r 20 0 1 2 3 Turf-dominated sites
  • 15. Be ne fiT s Conceptual summary of experiments Size of Effect Global Local Global & Local Stressors
  • 16. Po liC Y
  • 17. Po liC Y Wastewater treatment plants 5000 now 2400 tonnes Target is 600 tonnes nitrogen
  • 18. Final Remark A society with well connected science, policy and politics is a society less driven by the influence of sectional interests; it is a society that achieves better social, economic and environmental outcomes; it is a much more equitable society.