Examining 'inclusiveness' in adaptive natural resource management

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Wilcock, Deirdre A (2007) Examining 'inclusiveness' in adaptive natural resource management. In: Proceedings of the 5th Australian Stream Management Conference : Australian rivers : making a difference, Albury, N.S.W., 21-25 May, 2007. Wilson, Andrea L, Dehaan, R. L, Watts, R. J, Page, K. J, Bowmer, K. H and Curtis, A, eds. Institute for Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University, Albury, New South Wales, pp. 455-460.


Adaptive management claims to offer reflexive options for environmenta l management decision-making. In recent times, the importance of including both ‘expert’ scientific and stakeholder knowledge through more participatory procedures has been emphasised. Howeve r, there has been little research on the practical challenges of ‘inclusiveness’, in pa rticular how management institutions incorporate the relevant, multiple and diverse ways of thinking of stakeholders in practice. This pa per addresses this deficit by examining Indigenous knowledges as relevant contributors to the adaptive management process. It reports on research undertaken in 2006 as part of an honours project, inves tigating inclusiveness in management of the Barmah Forest in Victoria, which is one of the six Murray Darling Basin Commission designated Icon Sites along the Murray River. The paper argues that exclusion of re levant knowledge bases and institutional rigidity are common problems ofadaptive natural resource manageme nt. Indigenous (Yorta Yorta) knowledge is used as a case study to illustrate the ways in which instituti onal and individual ways of understanding can affect stakeholder representation in adaptive management in natural resource management negotiations. Ways to address these issues include: (re)examining institutional stru ctures, understanding different ways of thinking, and ways forward for adaptive management, through in stigating considered and appropriate ‘process’ and (re)conceptualising scale. These stages address underlyi ng practical hurdles to adaptive management and reflexive thinking in a cross-cultural context, however the suggestions are also relevant to including all stakeholders in natural resource management.

Item type Book Section
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9669
Official URL http://www.csu.edu.au/research/ilws/news/events/5a...
ISBN 9780646474793
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > FOR Classification > 0502 Environmental Science and Management
Historical > SEO Classification > 9609 Land and Water Management
Keywords ResPubID24177, governance, Indigenous knowledge, inclusive decision–making processes, scale, Aboriginal peoples, Barmah-Millewa Forest, Victoria, Yorta Yorta, Murray River, natural resources, environmental protection
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