The changing value of Australian tropical rivers

Jackson, Sue, Stoeckl, Natalie, Straton, Anna, and Stanley, Owen (2008) The changing value of Australian tropical rivers. Geographical Research, 46 (3). pp. 275-290.

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Until recently the objectives of tropical river management were narrowly construed: the development imperative drove resource policy. During recent decades, community attitudes to river and water management have changed considerably and the national program of water reform, the National Water Initiative, is accelerating alterations to the way that water is used, managed and priced. A broader range of values and imperatives is now influencing water resource management policy. Not least is the concern over the ecological impacts and economic inefficiencies of the large-scale hydrological schemes that once excited the public's imagination. This paper reports on a recent study of social and economic values of tropical rivers conducted by the authors for an Australian statutory research and development corporation. The study shows that the values associated with tropical rivers have changed and diversified over time with growing societal awareness of the contribution made by unregulated, healthy river systems to human wellbeing and cultural identity. As a consequence of substantial social change, tropical river management must now contend with a more complex array of societal values and water management objectives.

Item ID: 6353
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1745-5871
Keywords: tropical river management; water resource management; social values; north Australian development; catchment management in North Australia
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2010 01:35
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography @ 50%
14 ECONOMICS > 1402 Applied Economics > 140202 Economic Development and Growth @ 25%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169902 Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society @ 25%
SEO Codes: 87 CONSTRUCTION > 8701 Construction Planning > 870103 Regional Planning @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 25%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9503 Heritage > 950302 Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage @ 25%
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