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Participatory monitoring and evaluation to aid investment in natural resource manager capacity at a range of scales


Brown, PR and Jacobs, B and Leith, P, Participatory monitoring and evaluation to aid investment in natural resource manager capacity at a range of scales, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment: An International Journal Devoted to Progress in The Use of Monitoring Data in Assessing Environmental Risks to Man and The Environment, 182, (12) pp. 7207-7220. ISSN 1573-2959 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10661-011-2491-y


Natural resource (NR) outcomes at catchment scale rely heavily on the adoption of sustainable practices by private NR managers because they control the bulk of the NR assets. Public funds are invested in capacity building of private landholders to encourage adoption of more sustainable natural resource management (NRM) practices. However, prioritisation of NRM funding programmes has often been top–down with limited understanding of the multiple dimensions of landholder capacity leading to a failure to address the underlying capacity constraints of local communities. We argue that well-designed participatory monitoring and evaluation of landholder capacity can provide a mechanism to codify the tacit knowledge of landholders about the social–ecological systems in which they are embedded. This process enables tacit knowledge to be used by regional NRM bodies and government agencies to guide NRM investment in the Australian state of New South Wales. This paper details the collective actions to remove constraints to improved NRM that were identified by discrete groups of landholders through this process. The actions spanned geographical and temporal scales, and responsibility for them ranged across levels of governance.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, capacity, land manager, livelihoods analysis, natural resource management, NRM, participatory M&E
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:Leith, P (Dr Peat Leith)
ID Code:76063
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2012-02-27
Last Modified:2013-05-02
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