Sediment learning groupResearch Status: Ongoing
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A number of innovative ways to facilitate constructive interaction that more closely links science management and policy are being trialed through the programme. One of the latest of these has been the establishment of a Sediment Collaborative Learning (CL) Group.
The Sediment Learning group aimed to provide a new forum to put into practice many of the things that had been talked about. These include a focus on active and experimental learning which emerges from the use of dialogue approaches to develop a shared understanding and adaptive management or “learning by doing” approaches on the ground. The group emerged from a programme initiative in November 2004 that wanted to see how such an approach could develop from discussion among a range of stakeholder interests.
What made this group different was that it was set up among a group of people who wished to find something to work together on, rather than to solve a given problem. Groups that are task-focussed are commonly found in organisations, and can emerge across groups in response to crises. However groups that are focussed on building relationships - i.e. acknowledging that above all they want to work together for their community or environment - have to look for things that they can do together. In science programmes we are normally task focussed, whereas long term environmental management requires an equal emphasis on relationship support. The group did agree to begin with a focus on some issue that relates to sediment management.
The group met first in May 05, and comprised Andrew Fenemor, Les Basher, Tim Davie, Roger Young, Will Allen and Margaret Kilvington from the science team. The range of people with different interests that also joined the group comprised Neil Deans, Mick Park, Hayden Henry, Colin Michie, Eric Verstappen, Mary-Anne Baker, Andy Karalus, and Lewis Metcalfe. Lewis and Hayden left the group following job changes.
The group has met in total four times, with their third meeting in October last year being a field trip. The first two meetings involved the group discussing their goals from the
learning group, and working through the range of issues that arise from considering sediment from different viewpoints.
The lessons learnt from the Sediment Collaborative Learning Group feedback into work being done and planned in the ICM programme itself. The lessons being learnt about what works for this group and what doesn’t are being directly linked into other programmes both within New Zealand (e.g the Auckland-based Low Impact Urban Design and Development FRST-funded programme) and internationally (e.g. the Challenge Programme for Water, Food and Environment CGIAR-funded programme).
Sediment learning group field trip
Sediment learning group field trip
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