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Not Learning from the Past: Adaptive Governance Challenges for Australian Natural Resource Management

Vella, Karen, Sipe, Neil, Dale, Allan and Taylor, Bruce (2015). Not Learning from the Past: Adaptive Governance Challenges for Australian Natural Resource Management. Geographical Research,53(4):379-392.

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Title Not Learning from the Past: Adaptive Governance Challenges for Australian Natural Resource Management
Author Vella, Karen
Sipe, Neil
Dale, Allan
Taylor, Bruce
Journal Name Geographical Research
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 53
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1745-5871   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84946495163
Start Page 379
End Page 392
Total Pages 14
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Australia's governance arrangements for natural resource management (NRM) have evolved considerably over the last 30 years. The impact of changes in governance on NRM planning and delivery requires assessment. We undertake a multi-method programme evaluation using adaptive governance principles as an analytical frame and apply this to Queensland to assess the impacts of governance change on NRM planning and governance outcomes. Data to inform our analysis includes: (1) a systematic review of 16 audits/evaluations of Australian NRM over a 15-year period; (2) a review of Queensland's first-generation NRM plans; and (3) outputs from a Queensland workshop on NRM planning. NRM has progressed from a bottom-up grassroots movement into a collaborative regional NRM model that has been centralised by the Australian government. We found that while some adaptive governance challenges have been addressed, others remained unresolved. Results show that collaboration and elements of multi-level governance under the regional model were positive moves, but also that NRM arrangements contained structural deficiencies across multiple governance levels in relation to public involvement in decision-making and knowledge production for problem responsiveness. These problems for adaptive governance have been exacerbated since 2008. We conclude that the adaptive governance framework for NRM needs urgent attention so that important environmental management problems can be addressed.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1745-5871.12115   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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