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'Participation’ has entered the environmental management lexicon because coping with high levels of complexity and uncertainty requires the involvement of multiple players from many disciplines, and possessing many forms of knowledge, in some form of collaboration (Ludwig, 2001). Reasons cited for promoting broad participation in research and management are both ethical (providing voice and empowerment for a greater range of people than would otherwise be recognised) and pragmatic (better information and processes, as well as avoiding legal and political challenges). Conley and Moote (2003) describe an ‘idealised narrative’ of collaborative natural resource management which emphasises reduced conflict among stakeholders(justice, fairness), increased social capital (capacity building) and better decision making.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdaptive Environmental Management
Subtitle of host publicationA Practitioner's Guide
EditorsCatherine Allan, George Stankey
Place of PublicationCollingwood, Australia
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781402096327
ISBN (Print)9789048127108
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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