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Genuine Community Engagement in Remote Dryland Regions: Natural Resource Management in Lake Eyre Basin

Measham, Tom; Richards, Carol; Robinson, Catherine; Larson, Silva; Brake, Lynn

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Remote dryland regions are characterised by sparse populations and socially marginalised voices which pose particular challenges to natural resource management. This paper considers the issue of how to achieve community engagement in regions with these characteristics. In doing so, the paper contributes to an expanding international research agenda focusing on the distinct characteristics of arid and semi-arid regions under the heading of 'dryland syndrome'. The paper draws on government...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMeasham, Tom
dc.contributor.authorRichards, Carol
dc.contributor.authorRobinson, Catherine
dc.contributor.authorLarson, Silva
dc.contributor.authorBrake, Lynn
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:34:15Z
dc.identifier.issn1745-5863
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/69367
dc.description.abstractRemote dryland regions are characterised by sparse populations and socially marginalised voices which pose particular challenges to natural resource management. This paper considers the issue of how to achieve community engagement in regions with these characteristics. In doing so, the paper contributes to an expanding international research agenda focusing on the distinct characteristics of arid and semi-arid regions under the heading of 'dryland syndrome'. The paper draws on government liaison officer and local community perspectives of successful engagement in the case-study region of Lake Eyre Basin, Australia. The results demonstrate that widely recognised characteristics of successful engagement are required but insufficient for genuine engagement in remote dryland regions. In addition to building trust through community ownership, being inclusive, effective communication, and adequate resources, genuine community engagement in drylands also requires respecting the extreme conditions and extraordinary variability of these areas. Residents of dryland regions seek genuine engagement yet engage opportunistically when seasons are conducive and when tangible outcomes are visible.
dc.publisherPergamon Press
dc.sourceGeographical Research
dc.subjectKeywords: democracy; desert; dryland farming; local participation; resource management; Australia; Lake Eyre; South Australia Community participation; Community-Based NRM; Deliberative democracy; Desert environments; Dryland development paradigm
dc.titleGenuine Community Engagement in Remote Dryland Regions: Natural Resource Management in Lake Eyre Basin
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume49
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor050209 - Natural Resource Management
local.identifier.absfor050202 - Conservation and Biodiversity
local.identifier.absfor160507 - Environment Policy
local.identifier.ariespublicationf2965xPUB2003
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMeasham, Tom, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationRichards, Carol, The University of Queensland
local.contributor.affiliationRobinson, Catherine, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
local.contributor.affiliationLarson, Silva, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
local.contributor.affiliationBrake, Lynn, University of South Australia
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage171
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage182
local.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1745-5871.2011.00688.x
local.identifier.absseo970105 - Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T08:21:03Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-79955509019
local.identifier.thomsonID000290172900004
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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