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Challenges to Decentralization of Watershed Management: The Case of New South Wales, Australia

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dc.contributor.author Fidelman, Pedro en_US
dc.contributor.author Menon, Sudha Venu en_US
dc.contributor.author Pillai, P. A. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:24:29Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:24:29Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-01-04 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-01-04 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/48
dc.description.abstract "Decentralization includes different types of policy reforms aiming to shift powers from centralized to more localized institutions. It has gained increasing support, particularly in the realm of natural resources management (NRM). Moving towards more decentralized forms of NRM can, however, involve remarkable institutional challenges. Understanding the factors that can facilitate and/or constrain decentralization is, therefore, critical in overcoming such challenges, as well as (re)designing and implementing more suitable policies. In Australia, catchment management - a watershed management initiative - is an example of moving decision-making for NRM from the State to the catchment (watershed) level. New South Wales (NSW) was the first Australian State to adopt, in the late 1980s, catchment management as a state-wide statutory policy. Catchment management has since undergone a number of institutional changes. Specific legislation, for instance, has been introduced and reformed, such as the Catchment Management Act 1989, the Catchment Management Regulation 1999, and the Catchment Management Authorities Act 2003. Consequently, Catchment Management Committees, which operated in the 1990s were replaced by Catchment Management Boards in 2000, which in turn, have recently been replaced with Catchment Management Authorities. This paper summarizes some of the findings from a broader study on the NSW catchment management initiative (see Fidelman, 2006), and examines decentralized approaches to NRM as part of such a NSW initiative. Building on the Ostrom's institutional rule sets and the recent theorizing on decentralization of NRM, an evaluative framework was developed to examine catchment management in NSW." en_US
dc.publisher ICFAI University Press en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Watershed Management: Concepts and Experiences en_US
dc.subject decentralization en_US
dc.subject watersheds en_US
dc.subject institutional analysis--IAD framework en_US
dc.subject institutional change en_US
dc.title Challenges to Decentralization of Watershed Management: The Case of New South Wales, Australia en_US
dc.type Book Chapter en_US
dc.type.published inpress en_US
dc.coverage.region Pacific and Australia en_US
dc.coverage.country Australia en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 170-184 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpubloc India en_US
dc.submitter.email pedro.fidelman@gmail.com en_US

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