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Sustaining local values through river basin governance: community-based initiatives in Australia's Murray-Darling basin

Robinson, Catherine J., Bark, Rosalind H., Garrick, Dustin and Pollino, Carmel A. (2015). Sustaining local values through river basin governance: community-based initiatives in Australia's Murray-Darling basin. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management,58(12):2212-2227.

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Title Sustaining local values through river basin governance: community-based initiatives in Australia's Murray-Darling basin
Author Robinson, Catherine J.
Bark, Rosalind H.
Garrick, Dustin
Pollino, Carmel A.
Journal Name Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 58
Issue Number 12
ISSN 0964-0568   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84941881155
Start Page 2212
End Page 2227
Total Pages 16
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Field of Research 0502 - Environmental Science and Management
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Australia's Murray–Darling basin (MDB) water plan is an ambitious attempt to balance ecological, social and economic benefits, where a key aspect of the reform process has been recovery of water for environmental use. This paper focuses on a set of initiatives established by a local non-governmental organisation and an Indigenous community designed to engage with local values and priorities and incorporate them into this complex river basin governance system. Contrary to expectations that local and basin-scale interests and outcomes will diverge, the case studies reveal the ability for local groups to collaboratively manage both land and water resources to achieve locally important outcomes, and contribute to basin-scale outcomes. The analysis also highlights a progressive style of community-based environmental management for water management that utilises multiple institutional arrangements and planning pathways to protect the values that are important to local communities, and to nest those values within the broader effort to sustainably manage the basin's water resources.
Keywords values
local action
monitoring and evaluation
integrated water planning and management
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2014.976699   (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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