Limitation and opportunity: the institutional basis for social assesment in natural resource management in Australia

Cox, Gary, Dale, Allan, and Morrison, Tiffany (2001) Limitation and opportunity: the institutional basis for social assesment in natural resource management in Australia. In: Dale, Allan, Taylor, Nick, and Lane, Marcus, (eds.) Social assessment in Natural Resource Management Institutions. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, VIC, Australia, pp. 74-92.

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[Extract] Since the mid-l 970s in Australia, the legal basis for environmental impact assessment in natural resource decision-making has been steadily evolving. With it has emerged large and complex institutional structures (for example, Environment Departments, Natural Resource Management Agencies, etc.). These focus on the environmental consequences of resource management and decision-making. Even with early developments in legislation, there has always been a capacity to consider social issues as part of the 'environment' by virtue of wide-ranging statutory definitions of that term. By contrast, with the proliferation of institutional structures to deal with biophysical aspects of resource use, there has been little or no parallel development of institutional arrangements to deal with social impacts. Across Australia, in various jurisdictions, there have been a few fledgling attempts to institutionalise social aspects of natural resource management processes. These attempts, however, have often been limited and short-lived.

Item ID: 39983
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-643-06558-1
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2015 05:26
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160603 Comparative Government and Politics @ 35%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 35%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl Planning) @ 30%
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96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960501 Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales @ 50%
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