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Place-based knowledge networks : the case of water management in South-West Victoria, Australia

O'Toole, Kevin, Wallis, Anne and Mitchell, Brad 2009, Place-based knowledge networks : the case of water management in South-West Victoria, Australia, Water alternatives, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 101-114.

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Title Place-based knowledge networks : the case of water management in South-West Victoria, Australia
Author(s) O'Toole, Kevin
Wallis, Anne
Mitchell, Brad
Journal name Water alternatives
Volume number 2
Issue number 1
Start page 101
End page 114
Publisher Water Alternatives Association
Place of publication [Paris, France]
Publication date 2009-02
ISSN 1965-0175
Keyword(s) adaptive management
governance
communication
knowledge
networks
Australia
Summary This article aims to investigate the need for effective exchanges between knowledge generators and knowledge users in water management. Firstly, we explore the use of adaptive management for water governance and then outline the communication issues of water-management knowledge at a regional scale. Central to this approach is the need to harness 'local' knowledge that can be used to develop community participation in local water governance. Accordingly, we propose a three-network communication model to illustrate the process and identify the issues of concern for developing place-based strategies. Since research plays a central role in knowledge generation, one of the first ways to proceed is to recognise local research and incorporate it into an inclusive decision-making process. One way to achieve this is through the development of regional networks that are openly available to all, and we explore this by focusing on the place of 'network thinking' at local scale using a newly developed regional network for local knowledge dissemination in south-west Victoria, Australia. We conclude that so far this new network is too heavily reliant upon one web-based tool and outline a broader range of strategies that can be used to achieve its aims.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 050205 Environmental Management
Socio Economic Objective 960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Water Alternatives
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021121

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