Balanced Urban Development: Options and Strategies for Liveable Cities

Volume 72 of the series Water Science and Technology Library pp 171-183

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Engaging Peri-Urban Landholders in Natural Resources Management

  • Stephanie SpryAffiliated withRM Consulting Group Email author 
  • , Shayne AnnettAffiliated withRM Consulting Group
  • , Simon McGuinnessAffiliated withRM Consulting Group
  • , Stephen ThuanAffiliated withPort Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority


Engaging landholders in natural resource management (NRM) is a challenge in any landscape; however, it can be inherently more difficult in peri-urban landscapes. This chapter investigates why this is so and proposes practical options for addressing some of these challenges. It is proposed that current approaches to engage peri-urban landholders in NRM are in many cases based on conventional methods used to engage rural landholders. It was found that whilst the principles underpinning this approach are sound, the design and delivery of engagement must be modified in order to be effective in peri-urban landscapes. Importantly, such modifications have implications for the planning, management, cost, and delivery of peri-urban NRM projects.


Landholders Natural resource management Peri-urban landscapes Biodiversity Native vegetation