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A participatory assessment of NRM capacity to inform policy and practice: Cross-scale evaluation of enabling and constraining factor

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Leith, P and Jacobs, B and Brown, PR and Nelson, R, A participatory assessment of NRM capacity to inform policy and practice: Cross-scale evaluation of enabling and constraining factor, Society and Natural Resources, 25, (8) pp. 775-793. ISSN 0894-1920 (2012) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1080/08941920.2011.637548

Abstract

The capacity of private landholders to manage natural resources is constrained and enabled by diverse, interconnected, and changing factors, which vary substantially across time and space. This context dependence of capacity makes it both a useful construct and a difficult one to evaluate, which makes targeting investment in capacity building across scales difficult. We detail results of a transferrable, place-based process for evaluating capacity of private land managers to manage natural resources across scales in New South Wales, Australia. A livelihoods approach was used to enable land managers to define, describe, and evaluate locally relevant indicators of NRM capacity. Constraints to capacity were perceived as externally imposed or related to poor vertical linkages between land managers and government agencies. Conversely, local characteristics of regional organizations, communities and individuals were often described as enabling capacity. There was substantial consistency across workshops and there were widespread indications of declining capacity to contribute to effective NRM.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:capacity, cross-scale research, legitimacy, livelihoods analysis, natural resource policy
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Natural Resource Management
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation
Objective Field:Sustainability Indicators
Author:Leith, P (Dr Peat Leith)
Author:Nelson, R (Associate Professor Rohan Nelson)
ID Code:76008
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2012-02-22
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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