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The cost of collaboration: how caring for our country has shaped regional natural resource management in an Australian river catchment

Benham, C. F; Beavis, S. G; Hussey, Karen

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Funding arrangements for Natural Resource Management (NRM) in Australia have undergone a number of changes in the last decade, including the transition from the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) to the Caring for Our Country (CfoC) program (recently merged with Landcare to become the National Landcare Programme). It has been suggested that CfoC eroded some of the gains in regional autonomy, community engagement and goodwill made under the NHT. This article presents the results of research...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBenham, C. F
dc.contributor.authorBeavis, S. G
dc.contributor.authorHussey, Karen
dc.date.accessioned2015-03-25T01:55:12Z
dc.date.available2015-03-25T01:55:12Z
dc.identifier.issn1448-6563
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/13046
dc.description.abstractFunding arrangements for Natural Resource Management (NRM) in Australia have undergone a number of changes in the last decade, including the transition from the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) to the Caring for Our Country (CfoC) program (recently merged with Landcare to become the National Landcare Programme). It has been suggested that CfoC eroded some of the gains in regional autonomy, community engagement and goodwill made under the NHT. This article presents the results of research conducted with regional NRM bodies and community-based stakeholders in the Upper Murrumbidgee catchment, south-eastern Australia. It explores the impacts of the CfoC grants structure on NRM bodies and communities, and examines the practical responses of resource managers to funding constraints. The research demonstrates that the structure of NRM funding delivery under CfoC played a key role in shaping the strategic and operational activities of regional NRM bodies and community groups. In particular, the short-term, single-issue focus of the program placed pressure on collaborations between regional NRM bodies and other groups, and could inhibit strategic and integrated approaches to NRM. At the same time, however, NRM planners and community stakeholders have actively managed the limitations of the CfoC structure to optimise catchment outcomes for communities and the environment.
dc.format13 pages
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.rights© 2015 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc.
dc.sourceAustralasian Journal of Environmental Management
dc.subjectcollaboration
dc.subjectfunding
dc.subjectNatural Heritage Trust
dc.subjectNRM
dc.subjectNational Landcare Programme
dc.subjectstakeholders
dc.titleThe cost of collaboration: how caring for our country has shaped regional natural resource management in an Australian river catchment
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume22
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor160507 - Environment Policy
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB2945
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.tandf.co.uk/
local.type.statusPublished version
local.contributor.affiliationFenner School of Environment and Society, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, The Australian National University
local.identifier.essn2159-5356
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage13
local.identifier.doi10.1080/14486563.2014.976847
local.identifier.absseo960900 - LAND AND WATER MANAGEMENT
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T07:49:04Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84923247147
dcterms.bibliographicCitationC.F. Benham, S.G. Beavis & K.E. Hussey (2015) The cost of collaboration: how Caring for Our Country has shaped regional Natural Resource Management in an Australian river catchment, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 22:3, 285-297, http://doi.org/10.1080/14486563.2014.976847
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