This was the first deliverable for the WRC project no K5/2074: Change-oriented learning and water management practices. It is a literature review of social learning and mediation and their relevance to knowledge flow in the water sector
As we come to grips with the complexity of the relationship between the environment and human development, it is no longer feasible to view learning and management as two separate processes. The practice of water resource management is no exception. Practice has shifted from technicist management focused on demand and delivery to integrated approaches coordinating the management of water, land and other resources so as to meet economic and social needs in an equitable manner and to ensure the sustainability of the ecosystem.
The studies summarised in this literature review demonstrate how social learning has become a key concept in all areas of natural resource management.
The reference for this document is: Burt, J; Berold, R & Rivers, N. 2011. Review of social learning literature relevant to knowledge flow in the water sector. Deliverable 1. WRC project K5/2071