Planning for success in a climate change future: collaborative water governance in the Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment, southeastern Australia

Benham, C., Hussey, K., and Beavis, S. (2014) Planning for success in a climate change future: collaborative water governance in the Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment, southeastern Australia. Australian Journal of Water Resources, 18 (1). pp. 1-14.

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Abstract

Collaboration between stakeholders plays an important role in natural resource management (NRM). It is particularly key to managing water resources, which often cross jurisdictional boundaries and are typically managed by multiple stakeholders. The role of social capital in making NRM collaborations successful has also been recognised. In this paper, we explore the development of social capital in NRM governance networks through an analysis of the Actions for Clean Water (ACWA) project, a collaborative NRM planning process in the Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment, southeastern Australia. We argue that the success of collaborative processes like ACWA is related to the strength of linkages between stakeholders, and the stocks of social capital that these linkages contribute to. We further suggest that collaborative processes can stimulate linkages between participating organisations, paving the way for further collaboration and facilitating the integrated management of water resources. However, their ability to do so is strongly influenced by the geographical, historical, institutional, political and economic contexts in which they are embedded. These contextual factors must be taken into account if natural resource managers are to design collaborative processes that can strengthen governance networks and improve water resource management outcomes in a climate change future.

Item ID: 50240
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1324-1583
Keywords: Collaboration Integrated management, natural resource management, natural resource managements (NRM), network governances, social capitals, South-eastern Australia, water resource management, catchments, runoff, water management, water resources, climate change, catchment, natural resource planning process, resource management, social capital, stakeholder water management, water resource, Australia
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Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2017 01:23
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960904 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 25%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies @ 25%
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