Collaborative environmental governance: Achieving collective action in social-ecological systems

Author(s): Bodin, Ö.
In: Science http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aan1114
Year: 2017
Type: Journal / article
Link to centre authors: Bodin, Örjan
Full reference: Bodin, Ö. 2017. Collaborative environmental governance: Achieving collective action in social-ecological systems. Science http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aan1114

Summary

By its nature, environmental governance requires collaboration. However, studies have shown that various types of stakeholders often lack the willingness to deliberate and contribute to jointly negotiated solutions to common environmental problems. Bodin reviews studies and cases that elucidate when, if, and how collaboration can be effective and what kind of environmental problems are most fruitfully addressed in this way. The piece provides general conclusions about the benefits and constraints of collaborative approaches to environmental management and governance and points out that there remain substantial knowledge gaps and key areas where more research is needed.

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