Institutional complexity and environmental management: the challenge of integration and the promise of large-scale collaboration

Lane, Marcus, and Robinson, Cathy (2009) Institutional complexity and environmental management: the challenge of integration and the promise of large-scale collaboration. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 16 (1). pp. 16-24.

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Abstract

Integration has become something of a byword for those concerned with environmental planning and management in Australia in recent years. Yet efforts to collaborate with non-state actors in policy development and implementation, and to co-ordinate local, state and federal government policies and activities suggest that integration can become an amorphous and often ambiguous goal. This article draws on recent collaborative and co-ordination efforts to address water quality issues in Queensland's Great Barrier Reef region to highlight some of these challenges. A preliminary assessment shows how a Reef-wide collaborative water quality partnership has risen to the challenge of integration. To date, this large-scale collaboration has focussed on co-ordinating a defensible knowledge-base to guide water quality management responses and developing an adaptive management strategy to test this knowledge through management experience and monitoring feedbacks. An initial evaluation of these efforts suggests the value of 'scaling-up' collaboration to facilitate integrated environmental management. There is no 'hard-wired' or structural solution to the problem on integration; instead, this experience shows that the development of collaborative partnerships also holds great promise. Such partnerships need to be carefully fitted to the particular management contexts in which integration is being pursued.

Item ID: 42794
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2159-5356
Keywords: integration, institutions, collaboration, environmental management
Funders: Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility (MTSRF)
Projects and Grants: MTSRF Strategic Natural Resource Management and Land Use Planning Project 4.9.6
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2016 23:34
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960799 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards not elsewhere classified @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960599 Ecosystem Assessment and Management not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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