Collaboration Between Research Institutes, NRM Organisations and the Community and its Contribution to the Success of Ecological Restoration Projects: A Case Study of India

Rebecca Lester,
Professor Al Rainnie,
Dr Michelle Jones-Lennon,
Dr Wendy Wright
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Much of the research regarding community involvement in natural resource management (NRM) has centred on the interaction between NRM organisations and local communities. Scientific research institutions have not always been involved in such collaborative projects. NRM activities such as ecological restoration, particularly those conducted outside formal reserves, have an increased likelihood of success if research institutions, NRM organisations and the local community are all involved in, and supportive of, the project.

Successful ecological restoration requires sound scientific knowledge, locally relevant, suitable techniques and ongoing mitigation of threatening processes. These outcomes are most likely when there is collaboration between the three groups, with the community driving the call for restoration, and providing invaluable local knowledge; research institutions recommending appropriate techniques, and monitoring outcomes in order to clearly measure success; and NRM organisations undertaking the works or facilitating the project.

We present a case study where research institutions, NRM organisations and the local community collaborated to improve riparian biodiversity in intensively grazed agricultural areas of southeastern Australia. Despite costs associated with the collaboration (such as time to coordinate parties), significant benefits included: increased community support and enthusiasm, greater access to the research findings and information regarding recommended techniques and enhanced likelihood of adoption of appropriate techniques.

Keywords: Ecological Restoration, Natural Resource Management, Community Engagement, Social Capital
Stream: Natural, Environmental and Health Sciences
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Rebecca Lester

Postgraduate student, School of Applied Sciences and Engineering, Monash University
Churchill, Victoria, Australia

Professor Al Rainnie

Department of Management, Monash University

Dr Michelle Jones-Lennon

Department of Primary Industries

Dr Wendy Wright

Monash University

Ref: I06P0162