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

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2011

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

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Pergamon Press

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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 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.

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Keywords: 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

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Geographical Research

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Journal article

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10.1111/j.1745-5871.2011.00688.x

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2037-12-31