Watershed management in an urban setting: Process, scale and administration

Schmidt, P. and Morrison, T. H. (2012) Watershed management in an urban setting: Process, scale and administration. Land Use Policy, 29 1: 45-52. doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2011.05.003

Author Schmidt, P.
Morrison, T. H.
Title Watershed management in an urban setting: Process, scale and administration
Journal name Land Use Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0264-8377
Publication date 2012-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.landusepol.2011.05.003
Volume 29
Issue 1
Start page 45
End page 52
Total pages 8
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Efforts in post-industrial countries to refine environment and planning administration in the face of unprecedented urban growth have important implications for ecological systems and human quality of life. This paper uses the case of an urban riparian corridor in South East Queensland, Australia to contribute to understandings of interactions between land use planning processes, watershed management initiatives and broader administrative structures in urban and rapidly urbanising settings. In particular it examines the understudied application of watershed management to an urban setting. Analysis of changes to the structure and function of urban riparian corridor management over time show that changes have occurred as a result of broader policy and institutional change in three distinct phases: top-down watershed management policy (1996–2000), regional natural resource and population growth management policy (2001–2005) and the recent re-emergence of local government as the dominant actor in a multilevel networked context (2006–2008). Trends toward regional scale approaches and increased urban planning initiatives have tended to concentrate responsibilities for urban environmental management with local government. This is in contrast to most rural natural resource management experience, and highlights the importance of meta-governance frameworks in ensuring the enduring applicability of the watershed management model to urban and rapidly urbanising catchments.
Keyword Urban planning
Environmental governance
Regional planning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 20 June 2011

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
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