In "Contested Country," leading researchers in planning, geography, environmental studies and public policy critically review Australia's environmental management under the auspices of the Natural Heritage Trust over the past decade, and identify the challenges that must be met in the national quest for sustainability. It is the first comprehensive, critical examination of the local and regional natural resources management undertaken in Australia, using research sourced from all states as well as the Northern Territory. It addresses questions such as: How is accountability to be maintained? Who is included and who is excluded in decentralized environmental governance? Does the scale of bottom-up management efforts match the scale of environmental problems? How is scientific and technical fidelity in environmental management to be maintained when significant activities are devolved to and controlled by local communities?The book challenges some of the accepted benefits, assumptions and ideologies underpinning regional scaled environmental management, and is a must-read for anyone interested in this field. Features: The first comprehensive, critical examination of the local and regional natural resources management undertaken in Australia Brings together in a purposive, integrated volume, the leading researchers and thinkers in the field Geographic coverage: the research covered in the volume is sourced from all states and the Northern Territory Links the Australian experience with local and regional natural resource management to deeper and more powerful theories and concepts.
1 Introduction: contested country - regional natural resource management in Australia / Marcus Lane, Bruce Taylor and Cathy Robinson
Part 1 Policy, promises and practices of regional resource management and governance
2. From government to governance: explaining and assessing new approaches to NRM / Brian W Head
3 Invest, divest or empower: interpretations and practices of regionalisation in Australia's savannas / Bruce Taylor
4 Can community-based NRM work at the scale of large regions? Exploring the roles of nesting and subsidiarity / Graham R Marshall
5 Will Regionalisation achieve integrated Natural Resource Management? Insights from recent South Australian experience / Marcus Lane, Anna Haygreen, Tiffany H Morrison and Jill Woodlands
6 Interrogating devolved natural resource management: challenges for good governance / Julie Davidson and Michael Lockwood
7 Accounting for performance: public environmental governance in the shadow of the future / Tabatha Wallington and Geoffrey Lawrence
Part 2 Community engagement, local participation and regional capacity
8 Seeing Engagement Practitioners as Deliberative Hinges to improve Landholder Engagement / Toni Darbas, Timothy F Smith and Emma Jakku
9 Community engagement in natural resource management: experiences from the Natural Heritage Trust Phase 2 / Megan Farrelly
10 Landcare bowling alone: finding a future in the 'fourth' phase / Erlina Compton, Katrin Prager and Bob Beeton
11 Indigenous natural resource management: overcoming marginalisation produced in Australia's current NRM model / Rosemary Hill and Liana Williams
12 Decentralised governance for natural resource management: capacity challenges in Australia and Canada / Lisa Robins and Rob de Loe
Part 3 Learning and adapting from regional and national experiences
13 On a learning journey to nowhere? The practice and politics of evaluating outcomes of natural resource management in northern Queensland regions / Cathy Robinson, Bruce Taylor and Richard Margerum
14 Reviewing adaptive management through a wicked lens / Catherine Allan
15 Lessons from the Australian experiment 2002-08: the road ahead for regional governance / Tiffany H Morrison
Part 4 Conclusion
16 The changing and contested governance of Australia's environmental heritage / Cathy Robinson, Marcus Lane and Bruce Taylor.
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