This note describes the concept of catchment management, drawing attention to the integrating nature of the concept that fosters a coordinated and comprehensive approach to natural resource management. The note postulates that the integrating characteristics create the opportunity for catchment communities to work together on catchment-wide issues. Complex administrative systems and multiple and duplicated responsibilities between authorities have the potential, however, to limit the success of the catchment management concept. The note describes how this situation can be avoided.
Catchment management, integration, coordination, communities, natural resource management.