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  • 54

    2009

    People, communities and economies of

    the Lake Eyre Basin

    Edited by

    Thomas G Measham Lynn Brake

    Report

    45

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  • People, communit ies and economies of the Lake Eyre Basin

    Edited by

    Thomas G Measham

    Lynn Brake

    2009

  • Desert Knowledge CRCII People, communit ies and economies of the Lake Eyre Basin

    Contributing author information

    Enquiries should be addressed to:

    Tom MeashamCSIRO Sustainable EcosystemsGungahlin Homestead, Barton HighwayGPO Box 284, Canberra, ACT 2601Email: Tom.Measham@csiro.au

    Desert Knowledge CRC Report Number 45

    Information contained in this publication may be copied or reproduced for study, research, information or educational purposes, subject to inclusion of an acknowledgement of the source.

    ISBN: 1 74158 090 0 (Print copy)

    ISBN: 1 74158 091 9 (Online copy)

    ISSN: 1832 6684

    CitationMeasham TG, Brake L (Eds.). 2009. People, communities and economies of the Lake Eyre Basin, DKCRC Research Report

    45, Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre, Alice Springs.

    The Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre is an unincorporated joint venture with 28 partners whose mission is to develop and disseminate an understanding of sustainable living in remote desert environments, deliver enduring regional economies and livelihoods based on Desert Knowledge, and create the networks to market this knowledge in other desert lands.

    This publication is available in an electronic format from:http://www.desertknowledgecrc.com.au/publications/research.html

    The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Australian Government. The Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the contents, and shall not be liable for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly thorough the use of, or reliance on, the contents of this publication.

    The work reported in this publication was supported by funding from the Australian Government. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Desert Knowledge CRC or its Participants.

    For additional information please contactDesert Knowledge CRC

    Publications Officer

    PO Box 3971

    Alice Springs NT 0871

    Australia

    Telephone +61 8 8959 6000 Fax +61 8 8959 6048

    www.desertknowledgecrc.com.au

    Desert Knowledge CRC 2009

  • Desert Knowledge CRC IIIPeople, communit ies and economies of the Lake Eyre Basin

    Contents

    1. Synthesis of the People, communities and economies of the Lake Eyre Basin project Thomas G Measham, Cathy Robinson, Silva Larson, Carol Richards, Alexander Herr, Liana Williams, Lynn Brake, Tim Smith 1

    2. Regional profile of the Lake Eyre Basin catchments Alexander Herr, Tim Smith, Lynn Brake 41

    3. An overview of the natural resources management arrangements in the Lake Eyre Basin Silva Larson 89

    4. Tools for successful NRM in the Lake Eyre Basin: achieving effective engagement Thomas G Measham, Cathy Robinson, Carol Richards, Silva Larson, Mark Stafford Smith, Tim Smith 125

    5. Sustaining successful engagement: a case study of responding to demographic changes in the Lake Eyre Basin Thomas G Measham, Liana Williams, Silva Larson 171

    6. A broker diagnostic for assessing local, regional and LEB-wide institutional arrangements for Aboriginal governance of desert environments Cathy Robinson, Liana Williams, Marcus Lane 217

    7. Monitoring the success of stakeholder engagement: Literature review Silva Larson, Liana Williams 251

    All the chapters in this compilation are self-contained reports and available individually from the DKCRC website. Each report presents the findings from its respective research component of the People, communities and economies of the Lake Eyre Basin project. The first chapter presents a synthesis of the whole project.

  • Desert Knowledge CRCIV People, communit ies and economies of the Lake Eyre Basin

  • 1. Synthesis of the People, communities and economies of the Lake Eyre Basin project

    Thomas G Measham

    Cathy Robinson

    Silva Larson

    Carol Richards

    Alexander Herr

    Liana Williams

    Lynn Brake

    Tim Smith

  • Desert Knowledge CRC2 People, communit ies and economies of the Lake Eyre Basin Ch 1: Synthesis of the People, communities and economies of the Lake Eyre Basin project pp. 140

    Enquiries should be addressed to:

    Tom MeashamCSIRO Sustainable EcosystemsGungahlin Homestead, Barton HighwayGPO Box 284, Canberra, ACT 2601Email: Tom.Measham@csiro.au

    The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Australian Government. The Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the contents, and shall not be liable for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly thorough the use of, or reliance on, the contents of this publication.

    The work reported in this publication was supported by funding from the Australian Government. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Desert Knowledge CRC or its Participants.

    CitationMeasham TG, Robinson C, Larson S, Richards C, Herr A, Williams L, Brake L, Smith T. 2009. Synthesis of the People,

    communities and economies of the Lake Eyre Basin project. In Measham TG, Brake L (Eds.). People, communities and economies of the Lake Eyre Basin, DKCRC Research Report 45, Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre, Alice Springs. pp. 140.

    AcknowledgementsFunding for this study was provided by

    Natural Heritage Trust (NHT, http://www.nht.gov.au/)Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre (DKCRC, http://www.desertknowledgecrc.com.au/) Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Division of Sustainable Ecosystems (CSIRO CSE, http://www.cse.csiro.au/).

    Thanks to Mark Stafford Smith and Rachel Williams for their helpful comments on an earlier draft of this report. Above all, thanks to all the residents of the Lake Eyre Basin and the government staff who participated in this research.

  • Desert Knowledge CRC People, communit ies and economies of the Lake Eyre Basin Ch 1: Synthesis of the People, communities and economies of the Lake Eyre Basin project pp. 140

    Contents

    Summary .............................................................................................................................................. ......................... 51. Introduction ...................................................................................................................................... ......................... 7

    1.1 A focus on engagement ....................................................................................................... ......................... 71.2 Project components ............................................................................................................. ......................... 7

    2. Methods overview ............................................................................................................................ ......................... 82.1 Component 1 methods ........................................................................................................ ......................... 82.2 Component 2 methods ........................................................................................................ ......................... 82.3 Component 3 methods ........................................................................................................ ......................... 92.4 Component 4 methods ........................................................................................................ ......................... 9

    3. Component 1: regional social, economic and resource profiles ...................................................... ....................... 103.1 Regional natural resource management context ................................................................. ....................... 103.2 Social profile ....................................................................................................................... ....................... 113.3 Resource profile .................................................................................................................. ....................... 123.4 Economic profile ................................................................................................................. ....................... 153.5 Summary of key findings .................................................................................................... ....................... 153.6 Social networks of LEB ...................................................................................................... ....................... 15

    4. Component 2: A toolkit of success factors for NRM organisations ................................................. ....................... 164.1 Agency perspectives ........................................................................................................... ....................... 164.2 Factors for success .............................................................................................................. ....................... 174.3 Community perspectives ............................................................................

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