Fuels and Risk Planning in the Interface

Introduction

Risks to people and property can be altered through prevention and suppression activities in the landscape along with a range of measures within the urban environment . An integrated understanding of how these diverse elements may be best employed to mitigate risk is lacking.

Risk reduction measures pose dilemmas for many residents on urban margins. Such people place a high value on living close to bushland, for a host of reasons (e.g. visual, recreational and cultural amenity). Conflicts may arise between risk reduction policies and activities in and around bushland margins and the amenity that people derive from living in these places.

A key constraint on management of the interface is the disparity between policies targeted at pre-emptive risk reduction, typically promulgated by public fire management authorities, and the adoption and acceptance of such measures by the community. Such a disparity has been highlighted in recent research on peri-urban communities. The problem stems from differing perceptions and uses of information between fire managers and bureaucrats on the one hand and the wider community on the other.

The development of strategies for risk for the urban margins of towns and cities therefore requires the exploration and integration of several interrelated themes: quantification of the efficacy of risk reduction measures; resultant changes to amenity of residents; implementation of policy, and; evaluation of cost-benefit of management options.

Projects in this group

People live in landscapes. They assign value to these landscapes and the elements in those landscapes. Importantly, the things that people value as amenity, for example the trees and the associated natural features, also comprise the risk. How people manage the land and perceive the risk of fire depends on these...

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Coexisting with fire - managing risk and amenity at the rural/urban interface

This project will address these key questions:

1) What configuration of prevention and suppression strategies within the bushland  margins of urban development is required to strongly reduce the probability of...

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