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Networks and Institutions in Natural Resource Management

Edited by Yvonne Rydin, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, UK and Eva Falleth, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
Managing natural resources sustainably is a complex task that demands the involvement of many different stakeholders. Network arrangements are increasingly used to try and achieve such sustainable management. This book assesses the practice of such networks using original research into case studies of landscape, habitat and water management from England, Norway, Sweden, Spain and Zimbabwe.
Extent: 264 pp
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Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 978 1 84542 294 3
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  • Business and Management
  • Management and Sustainability
  • Organisation Studies
  • Environment
  • Environmental Management
  • Management Natural Resources
Managing natural resources sustainably is a complex task that demands the involvement of many different stakeholders. Network arrangements are increasingly used to try and achieve such sustainable management. This book assesses the practice of such networks using original research into case studies of landscape, habitat and water management from England, Norway, Sweden, Spain and Zimbabwe.

Informed by institutionalist theory, the case studies explore the role of social capital and institutional capacity in successful networking. They demonstrate the importance of policy champions and of developing a common problem framework, often based on a common knowledge base. Norms of mutuality and reciprocity together with trust are shown to play a major role in implementing jointly developed strategies for managing natural resources. While highlighting the potential of networks, the research also identifies the limitations of such arrangements, suggesting a continuing need for national frameworks to provide financial incentives and regulate local action.

This original and up-to-date research will appeal to scholars as well as undergraduates, graduates and practitioners interested in geography, environmental studies, planning studies and environmental politics.
‘Given the original and insightful content of this volume, I would strongly recommend this book to students and researchers in the fields of human geography, environmental studies, environmental politics and resource management.’
– Duncan Russel, Environmental Politics
Contributors: H.O. Bråtå, E. Falleth, V. Galaz, E. Lopez-Gunn, E. Mapedza, T. Måtar, Y. Rydin, I.-L. Sagile, K.B. Stokke
Contents:
Preface
1. Fragmented Institutions: The Problem Facing Natural Resource Management
Inger-Lise Sagile

2. Institutions and Networks: The Search for Conceptual Research Tools
Yvonne Rydin

3. The New Forest, England: Cooperative Planning for a Commons
Yvonne Rydin and Tove Måtar

4. Setesdal Vesthei-Ryfylkeheiane, Norway: Local Co-management in a Protected Area
Eva Falleth

5. Cannock Chase, England: A Policy Champion for a Local Landscape
Yvonne Rydin and Tove Måtar

6. The Rondane Region, Norway: Common Pool Management through Statutory Planning
Hans Olav Bråtå

7. Mafungautsi Area, Zimbabwe: Decentralized Management of Forests
Everisto Mapedza

8. The Morsa River Basin, Norway: Collective Action for Improving Water Quality
Knut Bjørn Stokke

9. The Lake District, England: Participation in Managing Water Abstraction
Yvonne Rydin and Tove Måtar

10. Castilla-La Mancha, Spain: Collective Action and Inaction in Groundwater Management
Elena Lopez-Gunn

11. The Rönne and Em Rivers, Sweden: Resilience, Networks and Bargaining Power in Water Management
Victor Galaz

12. Conclusion
Yvonne Rydin

Appendix – Methodology
Bibliography
Index