Evaluating governance arrangements and decision making for natural resource management planning: An empirical application of the governance systems analysis framework

Potts, Ruth, Vella, Karen, Dale, Allan, & Sipe, Neil G. (2016) Evaluating governance arrangements and decision making for natural resource management planning: An empirical application of the governance systems analysis framework. Society & Natural Resources. (In Press)

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Abstract

Governance continues to be a challenge in the management and conservation of natural resources. It is difficult to strategically address governance challenges without understanding the dynamics, capacities, and knowledge application of institutions within such governance systems. This article examines the use of Governance Systems Analysis (GSA) to compare, evaluate, and benchmark governance arrangements for regional natural resource management (NRM) planning. It is applied in two Australian regional NRM case studies in Cape York and the Wet Tropics. Our analysis of governance arrangements for NRM planning in the two regions finds that while they are structurally and functionally similar, they have different capacities for decision making about planning. The article concludes with a discussion of the usefulness and implications of using the GSA as an evaluative framework to analyze governance in regional NRM planning systems.

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ID Code: 96303
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Cape York, case studies, decision-making outcomes, evaluation, governance arrangements, natural resource management, planning, wet tropics
DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2016.1185557
ISSN: 1521-0723
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: 2016 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 22 Jun 2016 22:55
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2016 06:17

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