Stakeholder engagement and adaptive governance in the monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management of environmental watering in the Edward-Wakool system

Patricia Bowen, John Conallin, Robyn Watts, Anthony Conallin, Josh Campbell, Ian Wooden, Nicole McCasker, Lee Baumgartner, Sascha Healy, Roger Knight

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Environmental water delivery is becoming more frequently used to help restore riverine ecosystems. Environmental watering actions have been undertaken in the Edward-Wakool system in New South Wales since 2010. There is a diverse and active community that has been engaged in activities associated with environmental watering in this system. Uptake of localism principles by key project partners from 2010 to 2014 created opportunities to re-engage with a community disenfranchised by recent institutional and regulatory changes. Over time, stakeholder engagement (classified according to the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation) has shifted from lower levels of engagement (ie. Inform, Consult, Involve) to higher levels (Collaborate and Empower). A refocusing of community engagement using the approaches of adaptive management and localism enabled trust to be built between all parties (investors, water managers, delivery partners and the broader community) and promoted a willingness to share responsibility to achieve a shared vision for the system. The ultimate expression of this trend has been the establishment of the Edward-Wakool Stakeholder Committee, which aims to engage stakeholders in decision-making, facilitate information exchange and coordination of activities, and support adaptive management of projects in the Edward-Wakool system. The increased stakeholder engagement has enabled an adaptive management approach to be implemented that can respond to stakeholder needs and, at the same time, lead to improved environmental and social outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication7th Australian Stream Management Conference
Subtitle of host publicationCatchment to coast
EditorsR. Hughes
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherRiver Basin Management Society
Pages39-48
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event7th Australian Stream Management Conference - Rydges, Townsville, Australia
Duration: 27 Jul 201430 Jul 2014
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Conference7th Australian Stream Management Conference
Abbreviated titleCatchment to Coast
CountryAustralia
CityTownsville
Period27/07/1430/07/14
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Bowen, P., Conallin, J., Watts, R., Conallin, A., Campbell, J., Wooden, I., ... Knight, R. (2014). Stakeholder engagement and adaptive governance in the monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management of environmental watering in the Edward-Wakool system. In R. Hughes (Ed.), 7th Australian Stream Management Conference: Catchment to coast (pp. 39-48). Australia: River Basin Management Society.
Bowen, Patricia ; Conallin, John ; Watts, Robyn ; Conallin, Anthony ; Campbell, Josh ; Wooden, Ian ; McCasker, Nicole ; Baumgartner, Lee ; Healy, Sascha ; Knight, Roger. / Stakeholder engagement and adaptive governance in the monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management of environmental watering in the Edward-Wakool system. 7th Australian Stream Management Conference: Catchment to coast. editor / R. Hughes. Australia : River Basin Management Society, 2014. pp. 39-48
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Stakeholder engagement and adaptive governance in the monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management of environmental watering in the Edward-Wakool system. / Bowen, Patricia; Conallin, John; Watts, Robyn; Conallin, Anthony; Campbell, Josh; Wooden, Ian; McCasker, Nicole; Baumgartner, Lee; Healy, Sascha; Knight, Roger.

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Bowen P, Conallin J, Watts R, Conallin A, Campbell J, Wooden I et al. Stakeholder engagement and adaptive governance in the monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management of environmental watering in the Edward-Wakool system. In Hughes R, editor, 7th Australian Stream Management Conference: Catchment to coast. Australia: River Basin Management Society. 2014. p. 39-48