Sustaining successful engagement: a case study of responding to demographic changes in the Lake Eyre Basin

Sustaining successful engagement: a case study of responding to demographic changes in the Lake Eyre Basin Report

DKCRC Research Report - People, communities and economies of the Lake Eyre Basin

  • Author(s): Measham, TG, Williams, L, Larson, S
  • Secondary Author(s): Measham, TG, Brake, L
  • Published: 2009
  • Publisher: Desert Knowledge CRC
  • Volume: 45

Abstract: This case study is one of two case studies conducted as part of the ‘People, communities and economies of the Lake Eyre Basin’ project funded by the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre (DKCRC) and the Australian Government. The project addresses the role and functions of Natural Resource Management (NRM) organisations operating in the Lake Eyre Basin (LEB) that act as the ‘interface’ between governments and communities involved in NRM. The purpose of the project is to identify the factors that underpin successful NRM organisations in the LEB and how the functioning of NRM organisations can be monitored in the future. Following discussions with the research team, the Project Steering Committee and the CEOs of Desert Channels Queensland (DCQ) and the South Australian Arid Lands NRM (SAAL NRM) Board, this case study focused on helping interface organisations understand and adapt to changes in the demographic and economic profiles of the LEB. With assistance and guidance from the project steering committee, the case study focused on two key NRM institutions in the LEB, namely DCQ and the SAAL NRM Board. The methods involved four stages. The first stage involved preparing and synthesising regional forecast materials for the industry and demographic characteristics of the two NRM regions explored in the study. The purpose of this stage was to provide prompts for discussion in the second stage of the methods. The second stage involved discussing these industry and demographic changes with the participating NRM regional organisations through workshops with staff and managers of these organisations. Following the main focus of the workshop, a third stage involved considering how to monitor the effectiveness of NRM engagement in remote regions. Finally, a series of follow-up in-depth interviews were conducted with staff from one of the NRM organisations to consider some of the workshop findings in greater detail and to consider detailed examples of how effective engagement occurs.

Notes: Chapter 5 of Measham TG & Brake L (Eds.). People, communities and economies of the Lake Eyre Basin, DKCRC Research Report 45

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Measham, TG, Williams, L, Larson, S, 2009, Sustaining successful engagement: a case study of responding to demographic changes in the Lake Eyre Basin, Volume:45, Report, viewed 16 June 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4783.

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