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This paper examines how cultural values are accommodated in natural resource management and compares and contrast the approaches used in the Waikato River in New Zealand, the Murray-Darling Basin in Australia, and the Colorado River in the USA. Economics plays an integral part in the management of rivers in these case studies and two distinct approaches are used; privatization and co-management. The paper reviews these approaches and proffers suggestions on how indigenous knowledge, cultural and social relationships, and social, cultural, and economic wellbeing may be integrated in a multi-cultural approach.

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