NRM engagement between remote dryland communities and government agencies: Success factors from Australia

Measham, T. G., Brake, L., Robinson, C. J., Richards, C. and Smith, T. F. (2011) NRM engagement between remote dryland communities and government agencies: Success factors from Australia. Journal of Arid Environments, 75 10: 968-973. doi:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2011.04.018


Author Measham, T. G.
Brake, L.
Robinson, C. J.
Richards, C.
Smith, T. F.
Title NRM engagement between remote dryland communities and government agencies: Success factors from Australia
Journal name Journal of Arid Environments   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0140-1963
1095-922X
Publication date 2011-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2011.04.018
Volume 75
Issue 10
Start page 968
End page 973
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract The management of dryland environments involves the interaction of multiple government agencies and citizens, and is required to respond to a wide range of responsibilities and aspirations for a given region. This paper focuses on the characteristics of engagement between management agencies and citizens in a dryland region, presented here as a series of success factors. These factors are based on empirical research carried out in the Lake Eyre Basin in Australia, one of the world’s largest inwardly draining basins. The results reinforce generic and dryland-specific factors supporting successful community engagement. The former, such as building trust, working in partnership, supporting community champions, and maintaining transparency, are necessary but insufficient for achieving successful community engagement in the case study region. In addition, community engagement in the case study region also required respecting the extreme conditions and extraordinary variability of the Basin and committing to longer timeframes even if the outcomes of community engagement are slow to accrue, in order to take advantage of opportunities in more prosperous times.
Keyword Community engagement
Governance
Participation
Desert
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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