The social impacts of natural resource use and condition: the invisible dimension of coastal resource management

Lockie, Stewart, and Jennings, Susan (2003) The social impacts of natural resource use and condition: the invisible dimension of coastal resource management. In: Pritchard, Bill, Curtis, Allan, Spriggs, John, and Le Heron, Richard, (eds.) Social Dimensions of the Triple Bottom Line in Rural Australia. Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Canberra, ACT, Australia, pp. 131-143.

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This paper reviews a number of theoretical and methodological issues surrounding the development of social indicators relevant to triple-bottom line reporting and management in the Australian coastal zone. Based on research in two coastal coastal catchments in Central Queensland the paper identifies three criteria, or principles, that are often ignored in social monitoring and reporting programs. The include: validity (the identification of clear relationships between natural resource state or condition and social outcomes); significance (ensuring that programs address those impacts that are most important to impacted communities); and democratisation (providing opportunities and resources for impacted communities to participate in data interpretation and strategy development). Lack of attention to these criteria result in the persistent marginalisation of disadvantaged groups. While social monitoring and reporting programs must be supported by an adequate base of research if these criteria are to be addressed, opportunities exist to integrate social research with existing resource monitoring frameworks, such as State of the Environment Reporting, in order to build on, and add value, to these frameworks.

Item ID: 31186
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-642-47517-6
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2017 01:49
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology @ 20%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960503 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy @ 20%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960903 Coastal and Estuarine Water Management @ 40%
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