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

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Tennent, Rebeka; Lockie, Stewart
  • Journal Name: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
  • Journal Number: 56.4
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
  • Published Location: United Kingdom
  • ISBN: 09640568
  • Country: Australia

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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