Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

International Journal of Geoheritage and Parks

Volume

10

Issue

1

First Page

160

Last Page

172

Publisher

Elsevier

School

School of Business and Law

Funders

Wheatbelt Development Commission- Royalty for Regions programme and the Wheatbelt Community Chest Fund

Comments

Briggs, A., Newsome, D., & Dowling, R. (2022). A proposed governance model for the adoption of geoparks in Australia. International Journal of Geoheritage and Parks, 10, p. 160-172. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijgeop.2021.12.001

Abstract

Purpose: Good governance is crucial in establishing and managing geoparks and is a requirement by UNESCO if global status is to be achieved. Australia has three levels of government, government agencies and not for profit organisations that can assist in the reintroduction of geoparks to Australia. This paper examines a range of governance models used by UNESCO Global Geoparks. Design/methodology/approach: This paper explores mechanisms that could be applied in the reintroduction of geoparks into Australia and considers how future geoparks might be managed. The suggested model is based on a review of existing UNESCO Global Geopark governance and their management structures. Findings: This paper reviews the opportunities for engaging with Australian organisational stakeholders to support geoparks and proposes a model that would be suitable for adoption in Australia. Originality/value: This paper examines a range of governance models applied to geopark development. It reviews the opportunities for engaging with Australian organisational stakeholders to support geoparks and proposes a model that would be suitable for adoption in Australia. Such an account has not previously been undertaken nor a satisfactory model proposed for the Australian situation. This is the first time that a comprehensive model for geopark governance has been proposed for Australia.

DOI

10.1016/j.ijgeop.2021.12.001

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