Energy from the foodbowl: associated land-use conflicts, risks and wicked problems

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Everingham, Jo Anne, Collins, Nina, Cavaye, Jim, Rifkin, Will, Vink, Sue, Baumgartl, Thomas and Rodriguez, Daniel. 2016. "Energy from the foodbowl: associated land-use conflicts, risks and wicked problems." Landscape and Urban Planning. 154, pp. 68-80. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.01.011
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Energy from the foodbowl: associated land-use conflicts, risks and wicked problems

ERA Journal ID5968
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsEveringham, Jo Anne (Author), Collins, Nina (Author), Cavaye, Jim (Author), Rifkin, Will (Author), Vink, Sue (Author), Baumgartl, Thomas (Author) and Rodriguez, Daniel (Author)
Journal TitleLandscape and Urban Planning
Journal Citation154, pp. 68-80
Number of Pages13
Year2016
PublisherElsevier
Place of PublicationNetherlands
ISSN0169-2046
1872-6062
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.01.011
Web Address (URL)http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204616300263
Abstract

This article reports on a study of an agricultural region in southeast Queensland, Australia that is undergoing rapid change with development of an extensive coal seam gas industry and some large open cut coal mines. The region has become a locus of land use conflict between various industries: farming, grazing, mining and gas extraction. The effects of these multiple industries on each other, on environmental assets, infrastructure and economic and social systems entail many risks. Infrastructure shortfalls, a two-speed economy, widening social divisions, threatened livelihoods and stress in the face of rapid and far-reaching change associated with a new industry are evident in the words of those experiencing the impacts that provide the data reported in the paper. These problems are shown to be characterised by connectedness, complexity, uncertainty, disputed science, conflict, multiple stakeholders and an associated multiplicity of perspectives and values. The problem-solving and management strategies being adopted are unlikely to satisfactorily resolve the 'wicked' problems associated with this resources boom because they tackle aspects of the problem in a fragmented way, rely on inconclusive 'science', cannot readily incorporate hard to quantify aspects, values and subjective considerations, involve a restricted group of key decision-makers, and are dependent on formal rules and planning. The article proposes characteristics of alternative mechanisms involving adaptive risk management and multi-stakeholder participation. However the authors also caution that most of the barriers identified are not easily overcome.

KeywordsAgriculture; Cumulative effects; Extractive industries; Land-use conflict; Regional planning; Rural development; Adaptive risk management; Cumulative effects; Extractive industry; Land use conflicts; Management strategies; Multi-stakeholder; Multiple stakeholders; Rural development; Urban and Regional Planning and Development; Regional Planning and Development; Mines and Mining, Coal; Coal Mines; Gas Fuels; Agricultural Equipment and Methods; Industrial Economics; Management; Social Sciences; FLUIDEX; Related Topics;
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440704. Environment policy
410404. Environmental management
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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