Journal article

Cry Me a River: Building Trust and Maintaining Legitimacy in Environmental Flows

EL O’Donnell, AC Horne, Lee Godden, B Head

Australian Journal of Water Resources | Taylor & Francis Australasia | Published : 2019


Water reforms in Australia over a decade ago have seen large-scale recovery of water for the environment. While the recovery programme commenced with bilateral political support, there has remained ongoing debate in the media around the recovery volume, method of recovery and delivering of this water through the river system. In November 2017, a group of academics and practitioners met to discuss the need for legitimacy as a core component of environmental water programmes. We discuss legitimacy in terms of both the process and outcome of an environmental water programme. This article, along with the others in the special issue, makes the case for investing in community support for, and demo..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This paper draws on the proceedings of the national workshop, Going beyond the crisis response: building trust and maintaining legitimacy in environmental flows, held in Melbourne, 27–28 November 2017. This workshop was jointly funded by the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) and the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environment Law at Melbourne Law School. Dr Avril Horne is a DECRA fellow funded through [ARC DE180100550].