Author(s): J. A. Williams, R . J. S. Beeton & G. T. McDonald
Whilst the investment in natural resource management in Australia both in
financial and regulatory terms is at its highest point, Australia’s natural systems
are in decline.
This trend in degradation of the resource base is seen worldwide
with studies indicating that humanity’s collective demands on natural resources
first surpassed the earth’s regenerative capacity around 1980.
The complexity of
natural resource management, which is socially an evolving ‘discipline of
disciplines’, creates challenges for society.
With the continual degradation of the
natural resource base, the past and present approaches to natural resource
management in Australia could be assumed to be failing.
NRM is recognized in
the 21 st century as having an assumed importance as a development strategy,
because of the claims that it can contribute towards sustainable livelihoods, thus
NRM has two facets: the natural resource base and the institutional arrangements
to maintain these.
Australia is presently going through a transformation with the
evolution of a regional NRM systems approach.
The paper reports a
hypothesized model of a sustainable regional NRM system for Australia that will
be tested by a subsequent study.
sustainable, regionalism, trans-disciplinary, success attributes,
regional NRM system, literature model, means, ends, organisations and their
governance, people and their attitudes, decentralised democracy.
Natural Resource Management (NRM) in Australia has the explicit objective of
achieving sustainable utilisation of major resources, such as land, water, air,
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/SPD050681
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