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From Conflicts to wise practice agreement and national strategy: cooperative learning and coastal stewardship in estuarine floodplain management, Tweed River, eastern Australia

White, Ian; Melville, Michael D; MacDonald, Bennett; Quirk, R; Hawken, R; Tunks, Mark; Buckley, D; Beattie, R N; Williams, John; Heath, Lance

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Appropriate information, participatory processes and wise practice agreements are key elements in reducing conflicts over the use and management of coastal resources. In this work we describe the evolution of a cooperative learning approach to coastal floodplain management, incorporating these elements. Government-encouraged drainage of coastal floodplains in eastern Australia caused accelerated oxidation of acid sulfate soils and export of diffuse acidic drainage into streams. Major impacts on...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWhite, Ian
dc.contributor.authorMelville, Michael D
dc.contributor.authorMacDonald, Bennett
dc.contributor.authorQuirk, R
dc.contributor.authorHawken, R
dc.contributor.authorTunks, Mark
dc.contributor.authorBuckley, D
dc.contributor.authorBeattie, R N
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, John
dc.contributor.authorHeath, Lance
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:10:12Z
dc.identifier.issn0959-6526
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/29250
dc.description.abstractAppropriate information, participatory processes and wise practice agreements are key elements in reducing conflicts over the use and management of coastal resources. In this work we describe the evolution of a cooperative learning approach to coastal floodplain management, incorporating these elements. Government-encouraged drainage of coastal floodplains in eastern Australia caused accelerated oxidation of acid sulfate soils and export of diffuse acidic drainage into streams. Major impacts on infrastructure, ecology, fisheries and aquaculture resulted. In the Tweed River estuary, in 1987, all gilled organisms were killed by acid discharge from floodplain canelands. This generated major conflicts between fishers, environmentalists and sugarcane producers. The cooperative learning partnership that evolved, involving cane farmers, local government, and researchers, has produced better strategies for managing sulfidic estuarine areas and mitigating impacts on downstream ecosystems. These underpinned mandatory best practice management guidelines for the NSW sugar industry. Increases in productivity and decreases in acid discharge have resulted. Fish kills on the Tweed and elsewhere also generated broader, parallel whole-of-government approaches that led to Australia's national strategy for managing coastal acid sulfate soils and the rapid adoption of information and strategies across Australia.
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.sourceJournal of Cleaner Production
dc.subjectKeywords: Coastal engineering; Drainage; Estuaries; Learning systems; Oxidation; Soils; Acidic discharge; Coastal stewardship; Diffuse source pollution; Wise practice agreements; Flood control Acid sulfate soils; Acidic discharge; Coastal floodplain management; Cooperative learning; Diffuse source pollution; Wise practice agreements
dc.titleFrom Conflicts to wise practice agreement and national strategy: cooperative learning and coastal stewardship in estuarine floodplain management, Tweed River, eastern Australia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume15
dc.date.issued2007
local.identifier.absfor040699 - Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationU3923986xPUB64
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationWhite, Ian, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMelville, Michael D, University of New South Wales
local.contributor.affiliationMacDonald, Bennett, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationQuirk, R, NSW Canegrowers
local.contributor.affiliationHawken, R, NSW Canegrowers
local.contributor.affiliationTunks, Mark, Tweed Shire Council
local.contributor.affiliationBuckley, D, Tweed Shire Council
local.contributor.affiliationBeattie, R N, NSW Sugar Milling Co-operative
local.contributor.affiliationWilliams, John, NSW Agriculture
local.contributor.affiliationHeath, Lance, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue(2007)
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1545
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage1558
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jclepro.2006.07.049
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T07:30:43Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-34248147086
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