Socio-Cultural Values in the Adaptive Water Planning Cycle

John Mackenzie for
Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC) and the National Water Commission (NWC), May 2012


About this publication

This report provides practical ways to improve the recognition and incorporation of social and cultural values in the adaptive water management planning cycle. It articulates a model of the adaptive planning cycle that is relevant across northern Australian jurisdictions. At each stage of the model, the types of values and the questions and research needs of water planners, stakeholders and Indigenous groups are specified. Methods for eliciting, describing and analysing values, beliefs and practices are proposed.

This report has been produced as part of the sub-project Social and cultural values in the planning cycle which is part of the Social and Cultural Values project for the Northern Australia Water Futures Assessment.