Economists, Engineers and the Environment: A Hydrological Catchment Approach to Dryland Salinity Management.

Dr Michele John
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This paper reviews a catchment-based approach (Catchment Demonstration Initiative) of dryland salinity management in the eastern wheatbelt of Western Australia where farmers, economists, hydrologists, engineers and environmentalists work together to combat dryland salinity. The nature and challenges of this multi-discipline, multi-stakeholder approach are discussed and recommendations are made as to how to improve this collaborative approach.

Keywords: Environmental Degradation Management, Community Collaboration, Scientific Collaboration
Stream: Economics and Management, Natural, Environmental and Health Sciences
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr Michele John

Research Fellow, University of Western Australia, Depratment of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia

I am currently working on a collaborative research project with a variety of researchers including agronomists, hydrologists, crop scientists, sociologists and environmentalists investigating the potential outcomes, benefits and challenges of managing a large environmental degradation project together with the community. The project is investigating the managment of dryland salinity across a very large hydrological catchment in the eastern wheatbelt of Western Australia involving a number of different research bodies, 108 different hydrolgical catchments and 600 farms. I am also interested in the policy approaches taken to manage environmental degradation and biodiversity and conservation issues at a comunity level.

Ref: I06P0369