Environmental Conservation

THEMATIC SECTION: Community-based natural resource management (CBNRM): designing the next generation (Part 2)

Managing for justice in community-based water planning: a conceptual framework


a1 Institute of Land Water and Society, Charles Sturt University, PO Box 789, Albury NSW 2640, Australia


This paper provides a systematic way to consider justice in community-based environmental planning and management. A conceptual framework connects the literature on management functions to the empirical and theoretical research on justice. Two contrasting case studies of the water reform process in Australia are used to illustrate how to apply this framework. These case studies show that certain perspectives of justice are particularly pertinent during different phases of a planning process, and that community-based environmental planning and management can be more difficult when the stakeholders involved have different values and views about a resource, and when perceived injustices occur early in a planning process.

(Received August 31 2009)

(Accepted May 26 2010)

(Online publication September 16 2010)


c1 Correspondence: Dr J. L. Howard. e-mail: jhoward@csu.edu.au