Communicating vegetation management science to land managers and other stakeholders

Siepen, GL and Westrup, J (2002) Communicating vegetation management science to land managers and other stakeholders. Rangeland Journal, 24 1: 170-181. doi:10.1071/RJ02009


Author Siepen, GL
Westrup, J
Title Communicating vegetation management science to land managers and other stakeholders
Journal name Rangeland Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1036-9872
Publication date 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/RJ02009
Volume 24
Issue 1
Start page 170
End page 181
Total pages 12
Editor Dr R D B Whalley
Place of publication Victoria
Publisher Australian Rangeland Society
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subject C1
300801 Environmental Management and Rehabilitation
770407 Remnant vegetation and protected conservation areas (both terrestrial and marine)
Abstract Science communication. including extension services. plays a key role in achieving sustainable native vegetation management. One of the pivotal aspects of the debate on sustainable vegetation management is the scientific information underpinning policy-making. In recent years. extension services have Shifted their focus from top-down technology transfer to bottom-up participation and empowerment. I here has also been a broadening of communication strategies to recognise the range of stakeholders involved in native vegetation management and to encompass environmental concerns. This paper examines the differences between government approaches to extension services to deliver policy and the need for effective communication to address broader science issues that underpin native vegetation management. The importance of knowing the learning styles of the stakeholders involved in native vegetation management is discussed at a time of increasing reliance on mass communication for information exchange and the importance of personal communication to achieve on-ground sustainable management. Critical factors for effective science-management communication are identified Such as: (i) undertaking scientific studies (research) with community involvement, acceptance and agreed understanding of project objectives (ii) realistic community consultation periods: (iii) matching communication channels with stakeholder needs; (iv) combining scientific with local knowledge in in holistic (biophysical and social) approach to understanding in issued and (v) regional partnerships. These communication factors are considered to be essential to implementing on-ground natural resource management strategics and actions, including those concerned with native vegetation management.
Keyword Ecology
Communication
Stakeholders
Awareness
Extension
Vegetation Management
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
 
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