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. (2014) 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. doi:10.1080/09640568.2014.976699


Author Robinson, Catherine J.
Bark, Rosalind H.
Garrick, Dustin
Pollino, Carmel A.
Title Sustaining local values through river basin governance: community-based initiatives in Australia's Murray–Darling basin
Journal name Journal of Environmental Planning and Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1360-0559
0964-0568
Publication date 2014-12-11
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09640568.2014.976699
Open Access Status
Volume 58
Issue 12
Start page 2212
End page 2227
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon Oxon United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
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.
Keyword Values
Local action
Monitoring and evaluation
Integrated water planning and management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 11 Dec 2014.

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