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Catchment-Scale Governance in Northern Australia: A Preliminary Evaluation

Dale, Allan P., Pressey, Robert, Adams, Vanessa M., Ãlvarez-Romero, Jorge G., Digby, Mike, Dobbs, Rebecca, Douglas, Michael M., Auge, Amelie A., Maughan, Mirjam, Childs, John, Hinchley, David, Landcaster, Ian, Perdrisat, Ian and Gobius, Niilo (2014). Catchment-Scale Governance in Northern Australia: A Preliminary Evaluation. Journal of Economic and Social Policy,16(1 - Article No. 2).

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Title Catchment-Scale Governance in Northern Australia: A Preliminary Evaluation
Author Dale, Allan P.
Pressey, Robert
Adams, Vanessa M.
Ãlvarez-Romero, Jorge G.
Digby, Mike
Dobbs, Rebecca
Douglas, Michael M.
Auge, Amelie A.
Maughan, Mirjam
Childs, John
Hinchley, David
Landcaster, Ian
Perdrisat, Ian
Gobius, Niilo
Journal Name Journal of Economic and Social Policy
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 16
Issue Number 1 - Article No. 2
ISSN 1325-2224   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Total Pages 27
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Southern Cross University * Centre for Policy Research
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Northern Australia covers vast and diverse landscapes comprising largely public and Indigenous tenures. Long-term Aboriginal and pastoral management, isolation and a challenging terrain and climate have shaped a landscape of national, if not international, conservation value. Northern Australia, however, also has a fragile economy, and there is tension amongst Indigenous, economic and conservation interests. Managed poorly, emerging conflicts could damage the real opportunities that each presents, resulting in major land and natural resource-use conflicts or unsustainable development. As healthy governance systems are the key to effective natural resource management (NRM), this paper presents a preliminary exploration of the health of NRM governance across Northern Australia, with a focus on the catchment scale. We analysed three focal catchments; the Fitzroy in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, the Daly in the top end of the Northern Territory and the Gilbert in north-western Queensland. We find that the governance of each catchment has different strengths and weaknesses depending on history and context. Common challenges, however, include shifting national and state/territory policy frameworks, fragmented funding of science and limited consensus building via spatial decision support. From this analysis, we explore potential reforms in catchment governance across this increasingly contested landscape.
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