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Understanding landholders' capacity to adopt sustainable practices

WSSD 2002 case study
Environment Australia, August 2002

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About the case study

The management of Australia's natural resources calls for a united effort between governments, landholders, business and industry, and the community.

As problems such as dryland salinity and declining water quality become an increasing concern, the Australian Government is developing and supporting programs aimed at bringing about more sustainable land use. Many of these programs seek to change the behaviour of landholders, in particular their natural resource management practices.

From both a policy-making and a scientific perspective it is important to understand how people conceive of and respond to the need for sustainable land use. If we want to arrest and reverse land and water degradation in rural landscapes we need first to understand what motivates those people whose everyday decisions and actions influence land management. We also need to better understand the characteristics of sustainable management practices that most landholders will be willing and able to adopt.