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A deliberative and inclusive strategy for developing regional natural resource policy. Proceedings of the 2013 Australasian and Pacific Extension Network international conference.

Abstract

Greater Wellington Regional Council is currently preparing a regional plan for the management of natural resources. A consultation process was required by the Council that would cope with large numbers of people, and enable all participants to contribute towards policy development. The process needed to match the stages in statutory policy formulation from issue identification, to setting objectives, policies and rules.

A consultation strategy was developed that addressed multiple groups and policy stages and provided for a range of consultation methods. The participative methods used included web-based surveys, directed workshops, and village discussion workshops. Experience in designing, organising and implementing the strategy has highlighted that when the results will form part of a statutory document, participatory methods need to be developed that can assist participants to make the greatest use of their contribution in a policy environment.

Parminter TG, 2013. A deliberative and inclusive strategy for developing regional natural resource policy. Proceedings of the 2013 Australasian and Pacific Extension Network international conference.

Just knowing: tacit knowledge. Proceedings of the 2013 Australasian and Pacific Extension Network international conference.

Abstract

This paper reports on a study examining the role of tacit knowledge in industry innovation, based upon a theoretical review and the results of two farmer workshops. It examines possible ways that an understanding of tacit knowledge might be used in future directions for professional development in agriculture. Tacit knowledge can be understood as the intuitive understanding that people use to guide their behaviour, particularly in response to stress, unexpected challenges and complex situations. Farmers with a high managerial ability appear to rely a lot upon tacit knowledge that they have built up through experience. The farmers attending the two workshops closely associated certain types of personality with acquiring tacit knowledge and professional learning. Being well connected in social networks with innovative farmers and expert agriculturalists was important to them for sharing information and building their own knowledge and capability.

Parminter TG, 2013. Just knowing: tacit knowledge. Proceedings of the 2013 Australasian and Pacific Extension Network international conference.

The use of policy scenarios for water quality in stakeholder consultation. Proceedings of the 2012 New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Society annual conference.

Summary

The paper describes an innovative approach to stakeholder consultation about agricultural land uses and water quality in rural waterways. In mid-2012 the authors prepared a number of policy scenarios from published regional council planning documents, addressing sediment, nutrients and pathogens. These examples were intended to stimulate stakeholders to consider the attributes that they desired in the regional council interventions to be included in the next regional plan. Stakeholders from a range of agricultural and environmental organisations were invited to attend a one-day workshop. At the workshop they reviewed the proposed policy problem and objective, as well as the policy scenarios. Workshop participants then used post-it® notes to complete a template that described the attributes underlying the policy scenarios. The results were used to describe areas of convergence between the different stakeholder groups and areas where there were differences. These results are now being used in the next phase of the regional plan for the Wellington Region.

Parminter TG and Greenberg ES, 2013. The use of policy scenarios for water quality in stakeholder consultation. Proceedings of the 2012 New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Society annual conference.  http://purl.umn.edu/136052

Of my own free will: voluntary approaches to environmental policy

How to work with community groups to encourage voluntary human and social change has long been a challenge to policy agencies both in New Zealand and overseas. This book provides policy advisors with a ready reference on the range of policy methods available and how they can be combined effectively and efficiently for natural resource management. The material builds on principles from social psychology, sociology and economics. It combines theory with the author’s practical experience in a range of political environments and working with diverse rural and urban communities.

Author: Terry Parminter
Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (June 10, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3659365033
ISBN-13: 978-3659365034

Water quality in stakeholder consultation II: facilitated review of policies and rules for a regional plan

Summary

This paper describes further progress in a new approach to stakeholder consultation for policies about agricultural land uses and water quality in rural waterways; a process that was begun early in 2012. The initial consultation events provided the basis for a future draft of Greater Wellington Regional Council’s regional plan. As the next step in the consultation process, a workshop was held in late 2012 to which a range of stakeholders were invited. At the workshop, stakeholders considered ways to resolve possible conflicts in the possible policies and rules, and they suggested ways that the policies could be improved. In general, the participants supported the overall direction of the policies and rules and they had ideas about how they could be made more practical for landowners. Participants encouraged Greater Wellington Regional Council to work with primary industry organisations to encourage the use of preferred management practices through voluntary methods. Consistency and fairness was very important to the workshop participants and they did not want the policies to make exceptions for particular groups of landowners. The more exceptions to the general rules that were suggested the more that other participants wanted greater monitoring and enforcement by the Regional Council so that environmental bottom lines were still going to be protected.

Water quality in stakeholder consultation II: facilitated review of policies and rules for a regional plan.