Defining eco-social capacity building and its evaluation: A case study in environmental community engagement in Western Sydney

Tom Colley, Shelley Burgin, Tony Webb, Helen Bassett

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Abstract

Literature on Education for Sustainability recommends the development of new
learning methods and the extension of participatory, experiential and social
learning processes, largely because of slow progress towards sustainability.
Recognising past work on environmental literacy, we explore lessons from
a cultural project funding program for environmental education in Western
Sydney, which seeks to develop community capacity to advocate better
environmental water policy; that is, to enhance eco-social capacity. University of
Western Sydney researchers are using action research processes with community
groups who sought funding for community engagement initiatives around local
water sustainability. Here, we report the initial findings about the capacity
of proponents, at the funding application stage, to identify and evaluate
environmental community engagement outcomes of their proposed projects.
We identify ways of developing and funding such projects that might increase
the capacity of community groups to engage others in greater sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-52
Number of pages24
JournalThird Sector Review
Volume18
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Colley, Tom ; Burgin, Shelley ; Webb, Tony ; Bassett, Helen. / Defining eco-social capacity building and its evaluation : A case study in environmental community engagement in Western Sydney. In: Third Sector Review. 2012 ; Vol. 18, No. 1. pp. 29-52.
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