Nesting NRM in Rural New South Wales: Can It Make Agricultural Sustainability More Affordable?

The primary outcome of this study was increased capacity in community-based natural resource management CBNRM to meet increased expectations regarding accountability at the regional level without sacrificing grassroots ownership and cooperation. This outcome was delivered through investigating the benefits from organising CBNRM in the form of nested hierarchies. Unlike conventional hierarchies that tend to develop in a premeditated way from the top down, nested hierarchies evolve more adaptively from the bottom up. The study involved three case studies in northern NSW. From these case studies, a set of principles for nested CBNRM were distilled that were applicable to the diverse settings faced by Australian natural resource managers.

Completed in 2006

Funded by: University of New England

Contact: Graham Marshall