Social capital and natural resources management: an application to landcare

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Webb, Trevor and Cary, John (2005) Social capital and natural resources management: an application to landcare. Rural society, 15 (2). pp. 119-131. ISSN 1037-1656


Social capital has been increasingly recognised as a fundamental ingredient to the success of natural resource management (NRM) within rural and regional communities. Landcare, with its extensive local group structure and community-state partnership, provides a notable case of the importance of social capital to NRM. However identifying processes and practices to enhance social capital have been problematic given the theoretical and empirical ambiguities surrounding the concept. In this paper we apply an analytical framework recognising the sources, characteristics and consequences of social capital to Landcare. The framework recognises the importance of both community and state/institutional sources of social capital and suggests a series of measures of social capital appropriate to Landcare.

Item type Article
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 310000 Architecture, Urban Environment and Building
Keywords ResPubID10661. natural resource management, NRM, social capital, community sources, community-state partnership
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