october, 2019

08oct4:00 pm5:00 pm2019 IAH / NCGRT Distinguished Lecturer Series4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Flinders University Victoria Square (Level 1, Room 1)Audience:Future students,Recent graduates,Researchers,Staff,Students

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Social licence to operate (SLO) is a term that has emerged in Australia and around the world over the last two decades. For the most part, SLO has been popularised within the mining and extractive industries where it has been used to describe the broad approval or acceptance of a resource development activity that is afforded by local communities or other stakeholders, who can affect the profitability of that activity. However, SLO importantly points to the changing nature of societal expectations that have influenced the way in which the development, management and use of natural resources is now being undertaken.

Communities are increasingly demanding more involvement in decision-making around the use of natural resources in all forms. They have expectations of receiving a greater share of the benefits associated with the development of these resources, and they require assurances that those responsible for these activities are being appropriately regulated. In the context of groundwater management in Australia, an understanding of SLO is useful for two reasons. First, it provides an opportunity to more critically examine the nature of the impacts of the mining and extractives industries on groundwater resources and to explore how we make decisions about competing resource use needs in the landscape within a broader social context. Second, SLO also allows us to more closely examine societal expectations of groundwater management in Australia.

For over a decade, the CSIRO has undertaken applied research to measure and model SLO in the mining and extractive industries, and this work has been extended to a range of other sectors including forestry, agriculture, and environmental conservation. This research has collectively demonstrated how the roles of trust, fairness and governance underpin the development of more sustainable, trust-based relationships between resource developers and society in relation to responsible resource management. This lecture will explore the continued appeal of the term SLO to describe and capture the nature of those social interactions and expectations across a range of resource development and use settings, provide a clear definition of SLO based on over a decade of applied research conducted by the CSIRO, and highlight how this concept might be useful in relation to the management of groundwater resources at local and national scales.

National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training  – http://www.groundwater.com.au/

The International Association of Hydrogeologists Australia – https://www.iah.org.au/

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(Tuesday) 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Flinders University Victoria Square (Level 1, Room 1)

182 Victoria Square, Adelaide, South Australia


National Centre for Groundwater Research and TrainingBased at Flinders University, with 12 partner universities, a growing list of more than 19 government and industry partners, and formal linkages with some of the world's leading groundwater research organisations, the NCGRT brings together nearly 200 Australian and international researchers to pool their knowledge and expertise. enquiries@groundwater.com.au