Title
Unpacking ‘participation’ in the adaptive management of socio-ecological systems : a critical review.
Description
Adaptive management has the potential to make environmental management more democratic through the involvement of different stakeholders. In this article, we examine three case studies at different scales that followed adaptive management processes, critically reflecting upon the role of stakeholder participation in each case. Specifically, we examine at which stages different types of stakeholders can play key roles and the ways that each might be involved. We show that a range of participatory mechanisms can be employed at different stages of the adaptive cycle, and can work together to create conditions for social learning and favorable outcomes for diverse stakeholders. This analysis highlights the need for greater reflection on case study research in order to further refine participatory processes within adaptive management. This should not only address the shortcomings and successes of adaptive management as a form of democratic environmental governance, but should also unpack the links between science, institutions, knowledge, and power.
URL
http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol11/iss2/art39/
URL Description
Paper
Language
English
Author
Lindsay Stringer
Author
Andrew Dougill
Author
Christina Prell
Author
Evan Fraser
Author
Klaus Hubacek
Author
Mark Reed

adaptive management; democratic governance; participation; stakeholder involvement; environment

Notes
The following is the established format for referencing this article: Stringer, L. C., A. J. Dougill, E. Fraser, K. Hubacek, C. Prell, and M. S. Reed. 2006. Unpacking “participation” in the adaptive management of social–ecological systems: a critical review. Ecology and Society 11(2): 39. [online] URL: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol11/iss2/art39/
Date of publication
01 January 2006
Harvard
Stringer, Lindsay et al. Unpacking ‘participation’ in the adaptive management of socio-ecological systems : a critical review..
Vancouver
Stringer Lindsay et al. Unpacking ‘participation’ in the adaptive management of socio-ecological systems : a critical review..