Integrated Catchment Management

Human dimensions

School children from Ngatimoti School

School children from Ngatimoti School

Introduction

The focus of this work is to develop an understanding of how to create a favourable social environment - at district and regional levels - in which science can best be used to make decisions about resource management. There are three main aspects of our work:

Improving interactions between science objectives and end-user needs:

The focus of this effort is to develop a shared understanding among researchers, stakeholders, and tangata whenua to ensure that science knowledge and outputs (e.g., DSS, technology, etc) are relevant and responsive to end-user needs.

Improving information flows:

Because science represents only a portion of the information required for on-the-ground management, there is a need to look more closely at the whole information system that supports decision making.

Effective information systems must go beyond traditional outreach mechanisms (e.g. a paper or a computer model). Instead, they must be viewed as a social system within which people interact to create new knowledge and broaden their perspectives of the world - a process called social learning.

The focus of this effort is to identify processes that improve information flows (e.g. ISKM) and to develop mechanisms to implement these processes in practice. These processes and mechanism include, for example, use of the Internet, community participatory process, and stakeholder analyses.

Improving the social environment for uptake of science information:

Even when science outputs have been developed with a high degree of awareness of stakeholder needs, ensuring that these outputs are used to support management decision-making may still be a problem.

This is often the case in catchment management issues where there are many stakeholders, many perspectives, and many - often conflicting - interpretations of what appears to be the same information.

Resolution of these issues requires development of a high degree of social capital - where the different groups involved are open to different viewpoints, there is trust between the different players, and there are well-developed communication networks.

Researchable Issues

Research Areas

Iwi environmental monitoring field trip Sediment learning group field trip

Iwi environmental monitoring field trip

Sediment learning group field trip


Publications (Selection)

Year Title File Size
2004 Supporting sustainable development in natural resource management through the use of dialogue-based engagement.  
2008 Representing cultural values in IDEAS pdf       783KB
2003 Integrated biodiversity management: bringing research and management together.  
2010 The Sherry River Story – Improving Water Quality through Whole Catchment Planning. pdf       3.71MB
2008 Sherry River Newsletter September 2008 pdf       1.89MB
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Presentations (Selection)

Year Title File Size
2011 Facilitating voluntary action to reduce rural land use impacts in the Motueka River catchment. pdf       26KB
2010 Integrated Research, Monitoring and Management at the Catchment Scale (from rainwater to the sea, and everything in between) pdf       1.50MB
2006 Participation of indigenous groups in sustainable development monitoring: rationale and examples from New Zealand pdf       152KB
2010 Theme 2 : Water Allocation & Governance for Resilient Catchments pdf       3.05MB
2007 Meetings of the Community Reference Group (CRG) doc       67KB
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Primary Contacts:


Image - Will Allen Will Allen  EmailSend email to AllenW
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Landcare Research
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participation, multi–stakeholder processes, participatory evaluation, networking
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environmental planning, Maori research, Maori issues, land resource assessment, GIS applications.
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collaborative learning, facilitation, evaluation
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Organisational processes and learning, multi-stakeholder facilitation, science uptake
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Research areas

Annual General Meetings Arts & science collaboration Capacity building Community reference group Community Resilience – Watershed Talk Farm environmental planning Fine sediment: bringing the geomorphology and biology together Futures modelling Historical development Identifying Maori needs Institutional Learning – Research and Practice Knowledge interactions Links between scientific and cultural indicators of river health Maori and ICM Science uptake by councils Sediment learning group Sherry River Community Social learning Stakeholder issues Sustaining ecosystem services Tangata Whenua UNESCO HELP Catchment & International links Valuing water

Research Highlight

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