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Co-regulation and cotton: Governance of natural resource management in the Australian cotton industry

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This article reports on the findings of a scoping study that elicited the views of professionals drawn from relevant State agencies, local governments, the cotton industry and natural resource management authorities on the governance of Natural Resource Management (NRM) policy in the Australian cotton industry. These interviewees stated that poor NRM policy coordination has decreased cotton grower cooperation with NRM policy implementation. The history of agriculture's exceptionalist status in Government policy is employed as an explanatory context for this decreased cooperation. Emerging interest in co-regulatory arrangements between State governments and primary industry associations in order to progress NRM policy on farms was identified. In the case of the Queensland State Government, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed to explore the potential of a co-regulative arrangement to progress land and water management on farms within intensive agricultural industries, including cotton. The article explores the advantages and risks of co-regulatory arrangements for industry bodies and State governments and discusses the research questions raised by these advantages and risks.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Darbas, T., Reeve, I., Farquharson, R., & Graham, S. (2008). Co-regulation and cotton: Governance of natural resource management in the Australian cotton industry. Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy, 12(2), 87-113.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77953180698

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 87

End Page


  • 113

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 2

Abstract


  • This article reports on the findings of a scoping study that elicited the views of professionals drawn from relevant State agencies, local governments, the cotton industry and natural resource management authorities on the governance of Natural Resource Management (NRM) policy in the Australian cotton industry. These interviewees stated that poor NRM policy coordination has decreased cotton grower cooperation with NRM policy implementation. The history of agriculture's exceptionalist status in Government policy is employed as an explanatory context for this decreased cooperation. Emerging interest in co-regulatory arrangements between State governments and primary industry associations in order to progress NRM policy on farms was identified. In the case of the Queensland State Government, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed to explore the potential of a co-regulative arrangement to progress land and water management on farms within intensive agricultural industries, including cotton. The article explores the advantages and risks of co-regulatory arrangements for industry bodies and State governments and discusses the research questions raised by these advantages and risks.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Citation


  • Darbas, T., Reeve, I., Farquharson, R., & Graham, S. (2008). Co-regulation and cotton: Governance of natural resource management in the Australian cotton industry. Australasian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy, 12(2), 87-113.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77953180698

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 87

End Page


  • 113

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 2