Next Generation Rural Natural Resource Governance: A Careful Diagnosis

  • Paul MartinEmail author
  • Jacqueline Williams


Achieving “sustainable development” requires the exploitation without diminution of financial capital, manufactured capital, intellectual capital, human capital, social and relationship capital, and (particularly) natural capital. This requires effective natural resource governance, to guide human uses of the earth into sustainable patterns. Agriculture and rural communities are central to sustainable development because among other reasons: agricultural activities typically require natural environments; agriculture is resource dependent and fundamental to society; and rural people are frequently relatively poor. Good rural natural resource governance is thus a prerequisite for sustainable development.


Human behaviour Efficiency Institutions Justice 



The research assistance of Dr. Amy Cosby and Roxanne Blackley is gratefully acknowledged. This paper is partly based on research with the support of the Australian Research Council (Project No LP110100659) and project partners: Australian Cotton Research and Development Corporation; Pennsylvania State University; Soil Conservation Service of Iceland; Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities; Tamar NRM, RDA Tasmania, the Tamar and Namoi region communities and the Invasive Animals CRC research program 4 “Facilitating Effective Community Action”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian Centre for Agriculture and LawUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

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