Not Learning from the Past: Adaptive Governance Challenges for Australian Natural Resource Management

Vella, Karen, Sipe, Neil, Dale, Allan and Taylor, Bruce (2015) Not Learning from the Past: Adaptive Governance Challenges for Australian Natural Resource Management. Geographical Research, 53 4: 379-392. doi:10.1111/1745-5871.12115

Author Vella, Karen
Sipe, Neil
Dale, Allan
Taylor, Bruce
Title Not Learning from the Past: Adaptive Governance Challenges for Australian Natural Resource Management
Journal name Geographical Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1745-5871
Publication date 2015-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1745-5871.12115
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 53
Issue 4
Start page 379
End page 392
Total pages 14
Place of publication Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Australia's governance arrangements for natural resource management (NRM) have evolved considerably over the last 30 years. The impact of changes in governance on NRM planning and delivery requires assessment. We undertake a multi-method programme evaluation using adaptive governance principles as an analytical frame and apply this to Queensland to assess the impacts of governance change on NRM planning and governance outcomes. Data to inform our analysis includes: (1) a systematic review of 16 audits/evaluations of Australian NRM over a 15-year period; (2) a review of Queensland's first-generation NRM plans; and (3) outputs from a Queensland workshop on NRM planning. NRM has progressed from a bottom-up grassroots movement into a collaborative regional NRM model that has been centralised by the Australian government. We found that while some adaptive governance challenges have been addressed, others remained unresolved. Results show that collaboration and elements of multi-level governance under the regional model were positive moves, but also that NRM arrangements contained structural deficiencies across multiple governance levels in relation to public involvement in decision-making and knowledge production for problem responsiveness. These problems for adaptive governance have been exacerbated since 2008. We conclude that the adaptive governance framework for NRM needs urgent attention so that important environmental management problems can be addressed.
Keyword Natural resource management
Adaptive governance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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