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New directions in biodiversity policy and governance? : a critique of Victoria's land and biodiversity white paper

Coffey, B. and Wescott, G. 2010, New directions in biodiversity policy and governance? : a critique of Victoria's land and biodiversity white paper, Australasian journal of environmental management, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 204-214.

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Title New directions in biodiversity policy and governance? : a critique of Victoria's land and biodiversity white paper
Author(s) Coffey, B.
Wescott, G.ORCID iD for Wescott, G. orcid.org/0000-0002-9392-3319
Journal name Australasian journal of environmental management
Volume number 17
Issue number 4
Start page 204
End page 214
Total pages 11
Publisher Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2010-12
ISSN 1448-6563
2159-5356
Keyword(s) environmental policy
ecological processes
discourse
integration
Summary The overall condition of biodiversity in many parts of Australia is poor and declining, despite the establishment of national parks and other reserves, and the adoption of conservation activities on private land. The impacts of climate change add further challenges to sustaining biodiversity. In response to these issues, in December 2009, the State Government of Victoria released a major policy statement that aimed to provide the framework and directions to secure the health of Victoria's biodiversity and associated land and water resources over the next 50 years. Given Victoria's reputation for environmental policy reform and innovation, the question arises as to whether the Victorian approach will provide a model for other Australian jurisdictions to adopt or adapt. Drawing on insights from environmental policy, discourse theory, and ecological theory, this article provides a critique of Victoria's approach, focusing on the way in which biodiversity is conceptualised and governed.

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Language eng
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio Economic Objective 960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Environment Institute of Australia & New Zealand
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033727

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