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Table 1 Implications of scalar mis-matches, adapted from Cumming et al. ( 2006 )

From: Conservation and grazing in Australia’s north-east: the bridled nailtail wallaby

Scalar mis-matches   Implications
Spatial scales  
broad sociological fine ecological Too many managers. Micromanager syndrome; lack of local knowledge leads to poor adaptability
fine sociological broad ecological No solutions for global problems, inconsistency and competition across regions
Temporal scales  
long sociological short ecological Response times to slow
short sociological long ecological Management decisions lack continuity and consistency, and limited consideration for the future