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A Plan to Push Limits? Investigating the ecologically sustainable development dimensions of Melbourne's Central Region sustainable water strategy

Miller, Fiona; Bolitho, Annie; Jamieson, Natalie; Catmur, Charlotte; Hurlimann, Anna; Bowen, Kathryn

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Drawing upon theory from the field of urban political ecology, we analyse a major strategic water plan for Melbourne, Australia-the Sustainable water strategy for the Central Region, published in 2006. We assess the extent to which the strategy identified and addressed ecological sustainability in terms of: cultural frames; ecological context; social equity; and engagement processes. We identify that the strategy's framing of water was largely separate from its social and ecological context....[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMiller, Fiona
dc.contributor.authorBolitho, Annie
dc.contributor.authorJamieson, Natalie
dc.contributor.authorCatmur, Charlotte
dc.contributor.authorHurlimann, Anna
dc.contributor.authorBowen, Kathryn
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:33:05Z
dc.identifier.issn0004-9182
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/69138
dc.description.abstractDrawing upon theory from the field of urban political ecology, we analyse a major strategic water plan for Melbourne, Australia-the Sustainable water strategy for the Central Region, published in 2006. We assess the extent to which the strategy identified and addressed ecological sustainability in terms of: cultural frames; ecological context; social equity; and engagement processes. We identify that the strategy's framing of water was largely separate from its social and ecological context. This framing resulted in the importance of issues such as environmental flows, social equity and cultural values being diminished, thus avoiding the inevitable confrontation with environmental limits needed to ensure long-term ecological sustainability. Our analysis shows that the discursive dominance of economics limited the response to persuasive scientific arguments for greater ecological consideration in the strategy. Our findings suggest that broadening engagement with the diverse ways in which water is valued is likely to contribute to more equitable and ecologically sustainable water futures.
dc.publisherCarfax Publishing, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.sourceAustralian Geographer
dc.titleA Plan to Push Limits? Investigating the ecologically sustainable development dimensions of Melbourne's Central Region sustainable water strategy
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume45
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor111700 - PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES
local.identifier.ariespublicationU3488905xPUB1931
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMiller, Fiona, Macquarie University
local.contributor.affiliationBolitho, Annie, University of Melbourne
local.contributor.affiliationJamieson, Natalie, University of Technology Sydney
local.contributor.affiliationCatmur, Charlotte, Office of Environmental Programs, University of Melbourne
local.contributor.affiliationHurlimann, Anna, University of Melbourne
local.contributor.affiliationBowen, Kathryn, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage19
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage35
local.identifier.doi10.1080/00049182.2014.869294
dc.date.updated2015-12-10T11:24:55Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84894047204
local.identifier.thomsonID000331360300002
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