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Exploring Discourses in Environmental Decision Making: An Indigenous Hunting Case Study


Nursey-Bray, MJ and Marsh, H and Ross, H, Exploring Discourses in Environmental Decision Making: An Indigenous Hunting Case Study, Society and Natural Resources, 23, (4) pp. 366-382. ISSN 0894-1920 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/08941920903468621


The challenge of developing environmental outcomes acceptable to stakeholders with different values is well documented. Discourse analysis provides insights into how the views of different stakeholders affect decision making. We studied the discourses of key actors associated with the implementation of a Turtle and Dugong Hunting Management Plan developed by Hope Vale Aboriginal community in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, Australia. The discourses of the environmental managers and community members were very different. Hope Vale people prioritized cultural well-being; the staff of management agencies prioritized biodiversity outcomes. These differences precluded effective outcomes despite considerable investment in hunting management over more than 20 years by both groups. Understanding the discursive terrain within environmental management domains can inform environmental decision making and the implementation of agreed management arrangements, enabling biodiversity objectives and Indigenous cultural aspirations to be met in a socially just, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable way. © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental knowledges and management
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander environmental knowledges
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Nursey-Bray, MJ (Ms Melissa Nursey-Bray)
ID Code:63072
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:NC Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability
Deposited On:2010-04-13
Last Modified:2011-03-24

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