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The quality of resource condition targets in regional natural resource management in Australia

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  • Park, Geoff
  • Roberts, Anna M.
  • Alexander, Jennifer
  • McNamara, Les
  • Pannell, David J.

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Natural resource management organisations in Australia routinely establish resource condition targets in their regional plans/catchment strategies. We reviewed biodiversity, water and community resource condition targets set by Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) in Victoria and New South Wales (NSW) over planning cycles since 1997 against criteria of being specific, measurable, and time-bound (SMT). The overall quality of targets is poor with less than 30% of targets meeting the three criteria. Disturbingly there are no SMT targets in the most recent NSW CMA catchment strategies. We identify three major reasons for poor target setting: a lack of appropriate standards and guidelines from governments to enable high quality target setting; a lack of realism about the budgetary and technical feasibility of ambitious environmental targets amongst those involved in natural resource management; and a lack of adequate focus on outcomes by both CMAs and governments. Improvements to target setting can be achieved through stronger signals and commitment by governments, including by rewarding performance of regional bodies practicing outcome-focused accountability.

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  • Park, Geoff & Roberts, Anna M. & Alexander, Jennifer & McNamara, Les & Pannell, David J., 2012. "The quality of resource condition targets in regional natural resource management in Australia," Working Papers 126036, University of Western Australia, School of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
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    1. Sidhu, R.S. & Kaur, Inderpreet & Vatta, Kamal, 2008. "Food and Nutritional Insecurity and its Determinants in Food Surplus Areas: The Case Study of Punjab State," Agricultural Economics Research Review, Agricultural Economics Research Association (India), vol. 21(1), June.
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    Keywords

    environmental targets; project prioritization; environmental policy; Environmental Economics and Policy; Institutional and Behavioral Economics; Resource /Energy Economics and Policy; Teaching/Communication/Extension/Profession; Q38; Q28; Q58; Q56;

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    • Q38 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy (includes OPEC Policy)
    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth

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