Environmental information for total catchment management: incorporating local knowledge

Martin, Peter, and Lockie, Stewart (1993) Environmental information for total catchment management: incorporating local knowledge. Australian Geographer, 24 (1). pp. 75-85.

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Abstract

Total Catchment Management (TCM) has been implemented in New South Wales to provide a more integrated, participatory' approach to natural resource management. This change in direction poses significant challenges for obtaining and integrating environmental information. This paper examines the adequacy of environmental information in terms of both the participatory turn in government policy and the management imperatives of the integrated, catchment‐wide approach of TCM. Drawing on empirical studies in the Hunter Valley, it is suggested that current information available for TCM is inadequate and reflects a fragmented approach that is primarily concerned with biophysical phenomena and is generated at inappropriate scales. Furthermore, most information is generated by government agencies, ignoring the substantial contribution that catchment occupiers could make. It is argued that the utilisation of the knowledge and experience of occupiers could provide more integrated catchment perspectives while meeting the participatory goals espoused in TCM.

Item ID: 34864
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1465-3311
Keywords: total catchment management, resource management, Hunter Valley, community participation, information loop (l‐loop), dryland salinity, soil erosion, knowledge networks
Funders: Hunter Valley Catchment Management Trust, National Soil Conservation Program
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2016 04:19
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960705 Rural Land Policy @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960504 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments @ 50%
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