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Beyond threat- and asset-based approaches to natural resource management in Australia


Curtis, AL and Lefroy, EC, Beyond threat- and asset-based approaches to natural resource management in Australia, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 17, (3) pp. 134-141. ISSN 1448-6563 (2010) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1080/14486563.2010.9725260


Natural resource management (NRM) in Australia began as a series of campaigns against specific threats to agricultural and pastoral production, with war progressively declared on soil erosion, introduced pests and dryland salinity. Critiques of NRM programs in the 1990s coincided with a shift towards an asset-based approach. This approach emphasises the need for public investment to be focused on those parts of the landscape of high value, rather than defending large areas against broad-scale threats. The asset-based approach is more strategic, but runs the risk of sacrificing effectiveness for efficiency by overlooking the large-scale biophysical and social processes that underpin the viability of discrete assets. Further, the asset-based approach fails to sufficiently acknowledge the importance of engaging and building the human, social and cultural capital required to underpin longterm environmental management. A condition-based approach to NRM is proposed that builds on the best of the threat-based and asset-based approaches by setting targets based on environmental processes rather than perceptions of ideal states; borrowing systematic approaches to assessing value and condition from conservation planning; and investing in the social, economic, human and cultural capital required to support lasting change.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Asset-based approach, Australia, Natural resource management
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Natural resource management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lefroy, EC (Professor Ted Lefroy)
ID Code:67859
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Centre for Environment
Deposited On:2011-03-08
Last Modified:2011-05-20
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