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Achieving Social and Ecological Outcomes in Collaborative Environmental Governance: Good Examples from Swedish Moose Management

Dressel, Sabrina and Sjolander-Lindqvist, Annelie and Johansson, Maria and Ericsson, Göran and Sandstrom, Camilla (2021). Achieving Social and Ecological Outcomes in Collaborative Environmental Governance: Good Examples from Swedish Moose Management. Sustainability. 13 , 2329
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Abstract

Collaborative governance approaches have been suggested as strategies to handle wicked environmental problems. Evaluations have found promising examples of effective natural resource governance, but also highlighted the importance of social-ecological context and institutional design. The aim of this study was to identify factors that contribute to the achievement of social and ecological sustainability within Swedish moose (Alces alces) management. In 2012, a multi-level collaborative governance regime was implemented to decrease conflicts among stakeholders. We carried out semi-structured interviews with six 'good examples' (i.e., Moose Management Groups that showed positive social and ecological outcomes). We found that 'good examples' collectively identified existing knowledge gaps and management challenges and used their discretionary power to develop procedural arrangements that are adapted to the social-ecological context, their theory of change, and attributes of local actors. This contributed to the creation of bridging social capital and principled engagement across governance levels. Thus, our results indicate the existence of higher-order social learning as well as a positive feedback from within-level collaboration dynamics to between-level collaboration. Furthermore, our study illustrates the importance of institutional flexibility to utilize the existing knowledge across stakeholder groups and to allow for adaptations based on the social learning process.

Authors/Creators:Dressel, Sabrina and Sjolander-Lindqvist, Annelie and Johansson, Maria and Ericsson, Göran and Sandstrom, Camilla
Title:Achieving Social and Ecological Outcomes in Collaborative Environmental Governance: Good Examples from Swedish Moose Management
Series Name/Journal:Sustainability
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:13
Article number:2329
Number of Pages:21
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2071-1050
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Fish and Wildlife Management
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Peace and Conflict Research and Studies on Sustainable Society)
Keywords:adaptive management, collaborative governance regime, collaboration dynamics, institutional flexibility, leadership, multi-level governance, social capital, social learning
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111416
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111416
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DOI10.3390/su13042329
Web of Science (WoS)000624775300001
ID Code:23268
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:14 Apr 2021 14:43
Metadata Last Modified:14 Apr 2021 14:51

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