Social Benchmarking to Improve River Ecosystems

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Cary, John and Pisarski, Anne (2011) Social Benchmarking to Improve River Ecosystems. Water Science and Technology, 64 (5). pp. 1148-1153. ISSN 0273-1223


To complement physical measures or indices of river health a social benchmarking instrument has been developed to measure community dispositions and behaviour regarding river health. This instrument seeks to achieve three outcomes. First, to provide a benchmark of the social condition of communities' attitudes, values, understanding and behaviours in relation to river health; second, to provide information for developing management and educational priorities; and third, to provide an assessment of the long-term effectiveness of community education and engagement activities in achieving changes in attitudes, understanding and behaviours in relation to river health. In this paper the development of the social benchmarking instrument is described and results are presented from the first state-wide benchmark study in Victoria, Australia, in which the social dimensions of river health, community behaviours related to rivers, and community understanding of human impacts on rivers were assessed.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.2166/wst.2011.044
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI)
Historical > FOR Classification > 0502 Environmental Science and Management
Historical > SEO Classification > 9004 Water and Waste Services
Keywords ResPubID23365, ecosystems, human behaviour, river health, social benchmarking, stream condition
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