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

Everingham, Jo Anne and Collins, Nina and Cavaye, Jim and Rifkin, Will and Vink, Sue and 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. ISSN 0169-2046


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.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Agriculture; 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;
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160507 Environment Policy
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440704 Environment policy
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960607 Rural Land Evaluation
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