Although the toolkit was designed with a particular focus on engaging communities in natural resource management issues in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin, much of the material is applicable to almost any kind of community engagement anywhere. In short, it has the potential to help a range of stakeholders – in fact, all those who have an interest in a more sustainable future.
Towards Whole of Community Engagement is a useful resource whether you are a staff member of, or volunteer for, a government, non-government, industry or private-sector organisation. It will be particularly valuable for members of catchment management organisations,and other regional groups involved in natural resource management.
Part 1: Starting Up: what makes for good community engagement outlines the approach and framework of the toolkit and provides some definitions.
Part 2: Choosing: which tools and technique should I use? describes the tools and their strengths and weaknesses; and rates each according to how likely it is to foster engagement, involve different numbers of people, and how difficult it is to apply. It also contains checklists, so a user can quickly scan the range of tools and help identify the most useful ones for their particular purposes.
Part 3: Resourcing: where can I find out more? provides further information about community engagement and relevant websites, and an annotated bibliography.
Emeritus Professor Valerie A. Brown
Local Sustainability Project
Fenner School of Environment and Society
Australian National University