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Enabling natural resource managers to self-assess their adaptive capacity


Brown, PR and Nelson, R and Jacobs, B and Kokic, P and Tracey, J and Ahmed, M and DeVoil, P, Enabling natural resource managers to self-assess their adaptive capacity, Agricultural Systems, 103, (8) pp. 562-568. ISSN 0308-521X (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.agsy.2010.06.004


We describe the development of a low cost, repeatable self-assessment process enabling community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) groups to set priorities for building their capacity to adopt sustainable farming practices and adapt to global change. Regional measures of adaptive capacity derived from rural livelihoods analysis were populated with secondary data and used to communicate the multiple dimensions of adaptive capacity to groups of landowners. This conceptual framework was then used to derive locally relevant measures of adaptive capacity via focus groups drawn from pre-existing networks of land managers. The key issue discussed at the workshop was what constrained or enabled private land managers to effectively manage natural resources. This self-assessment process was designed to support dialogue between CBNRM groups, industry and governments to prioritise collective action for building adaptive capacity. The approach was piloted with CBNRM groups across New South Wales, Australia. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Adaptive capacity; Community; Farming; Land managers; Natural resource management; Rural livelihoods analysis; adaptive management; conceptual framework; farming system; global change; landowner; natural resource; rural policy; self assessment
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Agricultural land management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
UTAS Author:Nelson, R (Associate Professor Rohan Nelson)
ID Code:84773
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:49
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2013-05-30
Last Modified:2013-05-31

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