The environmental enigma : why do producers professing stewardship continue to practice poor natural resource management?

Lawrence, Geoffrey, Richards, Carol A., & Cheshire, Lynda (2004) The environmental enigma : why do producers professing stewardship continue to practice poor natural resource management? Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 6(3/4), pp. 251-270.

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Despite a wide acceptance that primary producers in Australia subscribe to a stewardship ethic, land and water degradation remains an ongoing problem. Recent calculations suggest that the economic cost of Australia's environmental degradation is amounting to more than $A3.5 billion a year with an estimated cost of managing (not overcoming) problems of salinity, acidification, soil erosion totalling $A60 billion over the next decade. This paper argues that stewardship itself is an unsatisfactory concept when looking to landholders to respond to environmental problems, for rarely does the attitude of stewardship translate into behaviours of improving natural resource management practices on private land. Whilst there is some acceptance of the environmental problem among primary producers, a number of external constraints may also impede the uptake of conservation-orientated practices. In light of the prevailing accounts of poor adoption of sustainable practices a number of policy options are reviewed in this paper, including formal regional partnerships, regulatory frameworks and market-based measures. It is concluded that the contentious nature of some of these new opportunities for change will mean that any moves aimed at reversing environmental degradation in Australia will be slow.

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ID Code: 68198
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Environmental policy, sustainable natural resource management,
DOI: 10.1080/1523908042000344069
ISSN: 1522-7200
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2014 05:24
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2014 05:24

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