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Being good neighbours: current practices, barriers, and opportunities for community engagement in Australian plantation forestry

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Gordon, M and Schirmer, J and Lockwood, M and Vanclay, F and Hanson, D, Being good neighbours: current practices, barriers, and opportunities for community engagement in Australian plantation forestry, Land Use Policy, 34, (2013) pp. 62-71. ISSN 0264-8377 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2013.02.005

Abstract

Although community engagement (CE) is widely recognised as an essential element of sustainable management, few studies have evaluated CE at an industry-wide scale, i.e. in terms of the specific CE needs and best practice methods needed when addressing engagement issues that apply across more than one business in an industry. We explored stakeholder views of the barriers to industry-wide CE within the Australian plantation forest industry. Interviews with key informants were conducted in 2010 throughout three major plantation regions in Australia: Tasmania, south west Western Australia, and the Green Triangle region (south west Victoria and south east of South Australia). We found that stakeholders often considered CE implemented by the forest plantation industry ineffective, due to: (a) lack of strong industry voice, (b) issues of trust, and (c) because technical experts in the forest industry lack skills in CE. Measures that are likely to promote more effective CE are discussed, including enhancement of relationships with external stakeholders, and enhancing CE skills of forestry professionals.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:community engagement, sustainable forest management, good neighbour charter, forestry
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Environmental Management
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation
Objective Field:Institutional Arrangements for Environmental Protection
Author:Gordon, M (Mrs Melissa Turner)
Author:Lockwood, M (Associate Professor Michael Lockwood)
Author:Hanson, D (Dr Dallas Hanson)
ID Code:85299
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2013-06-26
Last Modified:2017-10-31
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