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CAPABILITY | Towards Transition in Queensland

It’s official. The State Government has released policy to steer a transition to zero net emissions by 2050. The policy, Pathways to a Clean Growth Economy: Queensland Climate Transition Strategy, aims to work with Queensland’s regional communities to transition and acknowledges the role of communities and cities in transition dynamics.

This policy recognises the importance of place-based approaches to transition and the need for local and regional communities to build on their strengths and endogenous assets. The spatial scale and place-based dimensions of transitions are the least understood with a research profile now emerging. However, a regional development approach is not sufficient for addressing transitions which need to engage whole of system processes to catalyse and sustain change. This change occurs through the setting of vision to guide action for change. It involves flexible processes of coordination to facilitate system learning and innovation. The traditional style of top down blueprints and roadmaps is not sufficient for guiding such dynamic change: transition research stresses that transition is not planning. New methods, governance styles and approaches are needed.

Transitions aren’t just about technological change – they are also about changing social, institutional and ecological relationships. Sustainable transition is among our consulting and research capacities. Linda has been working on PhD to investigate relationships between sustainable transitions and regional level planning. Regional and place-based approaches are developing. The policy opens windows of opportunities for regions, communities and cities to coalesce action to develop alternative pathways.

Eco-tourism has been proposed one aspect of regional transition. This is not just about isolated or examplary projects but a broader industry-wide or place-based approach to transitioning the industry from carbon dependency to systemically sustainable ways of operating. In so doing this catalyses other benefits for the local community. Sustainable tourism appeals to a range of market segments who aim to make conscious choices about their tourism spend.

The strategy also supports local government, community engagement and social innovation as integral for transitions. The local scale is particularly important for facilitating experiments and learnings. This includes regional and remote Indigenous communities.

If you are considering investigating or implementing transition please let us know your needs. We have a deep understanding of transitions and how to work with communities to facilitate place-based approaches. Linda recently attended an immersive Summer School at STEPS at Sussex University in the UK to enhance transitions research and knowledge and pathways to sustainability.

We have extensive experience working with Indigenous communities, regional communities and local and state government in a broad range of planning and development initiatives that support sustainability. Our consulting practice has embedded transitions thinking, research and practices into our capability. We aim to work with clients and communities in ways that builds understanding of and enthusiasm for sustainable transition. We can also work with your organisation to develop workshops and training for your organising.

Please be in touch with John Armstrong at jmjarmstrong[at]hotmail.com

You can also read some of our posts about sustainable transitions and what is means for communities, government and institutions:

Also a post on LinkedIn, Transition to Zero Net Emissions in Queensland, offering some perspectives about recently released policy, which will be examined in greater detail as part of Linda’s research.

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