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Vale Landcare: the rise and decline of community-based natural resource management in rural Australia

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TitleVale Landcare: the rise and decline of community-based natural resource management in rural Australia
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsTennent R, Lockie S
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
VolumeVol. 56
Start Page572
IssueNo. 4
Pagination572–587
Date Published05/2013
Keywordscommunity-based natural resource management; integrated catchment management; Landcare; National Landcare Program
Abstract

For almost two decades, community Landcare groups and supporting institutional bodies were the focus of agri-environmental policy in Australia. Despite the successes of Landcare, the programme faces challenges securing funding in an era of agri-environmental policy that preferences economic mechanisms, such as market-based instruments, for devolving funding. This longitudinal study examines how Landcare group activity and membership in one catchment have changed over the last decade.  Community Landcare groups in the study area were in ‘sleeper mode’ or had ceased to exist, partially as a result of funding and structural arrangements and several other factors that undermined both community Landcare groups and the regional Landcare network.
 

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