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Drivers for uptake of environmental management systems by pastoralists in western Queensland

Pahl, L.I. and Weier, L.Z. and Sallur, N.M. and Bull, A.L. and Howard, B.M. (2007) Drivers for uptake of environmental management systems by pastoralists in western Queensland. Rangeland Journal, 29 (1). pp. 13-23.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/RJ07012

Publisher URL: http://www.publish.csiro.au/

Abstract

Pastoralists from 37 beef cattle and sheep properties in western Queensland developed and implemented an environmental management system (EMS) over 18 months. The EMS implemented by them was customised for the pastoral industry as part of a national EMS pilot project, and staff from this project encouraged and assisted pastoralists during this trial. The 31 pastoralists surveyed at the end of the pilot project identified few benefits of EMS implementation, and these were largely associated with environmental management and sustainability. In terms of the reasons for uptake of an EMS, these pastoralists identified drivers similar to those reported in other primary industry sectors. These included improving property and environmental management, financial incentives, a range of market benefits, assistance with red tape issues, access to other training opportunities and assistance and support with the development of their EMS. However, these drivers are weak, and are not motivating pastoralists to adopt an EMS. In contrast, barriers to adoption such as the time involved in developing and implementing EMS are tangible and immediate. Given a lack of effective drivers and that pastoralists are under considerable pressure from ongoing rural adjustment processes, it is not surprising that an EMS is a low priority. It is concluded that widespread uptake and on-going use of an EMS in the pastoral industry will not occur unless pastoralists are required or rewarded for this by markets, governments, financiers, and regional natural resource management bodies.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Animal Science
Additional Information:© Australian Rangeland Society. © CSIRO Publishing.
Keywords:Benefits; EMS; evaluation; pastoral industry; survey; uptake.
Subjects:Animal culture > Cattle
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agriculture and the environment
Animal culture > Sheep
Deposited On:13 Jan 2009 05:18
Last Modified:05 Oct 2010 00:06

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