Evaluating governance arrangements and decision making for natural resource management planning: an empirical application of the Governance Systems Analysis framework

Potts, Ruth, Vella, Karen, Dale, Allan, and Sipe, Neil (2016) Evaluating governance arrangements and decision making for natural resource management planning: an empirical application of the Governance Systems Analysis framework. Society and Natural Resources, 29 (11). pp. 1325-1341.

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Abstract

Governance continues to be a challenge in the management and conservation of natural resources. It is difficult to strategically address governance challenges without understanding the dynamics, capacities, and knowledge application of institutions within such governance systems. This article examines the use of Governance Systems Analysis (GSA) to compare, evaluate, and benchmark governance arrangements for regional natural resource management (NRM) planning. It is applied in two Australian regional NRM case studies in Cape York and the Wet Tropics. Our analysis of governance arrangements for NRM planning in the two regions finds that while they are structurally and functionally similar, they have different capacities for decision making about planning. The article concludes with a discussion of the usefulness and implications of using the GSA as an evaluative framework to analyze governance in regional NRM planning systems.

Item ID: 44488
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1521-0723
Keywords: Cape York; case studies; decision-making outcomes; evaluation; governance arrangements; natural resource management; planning; wet tropics
Funders: Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE), Northern Futures Collaborative Research Network Program (CRN), Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), Australian Research Council (ARC)
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 04:30
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 80%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 20%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960705 Rural Land Policy @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 10%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960799 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards not elsewhere classified @ 60%
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