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High Stakes: Lessons from stakeholder groups in the biodiversity conservation network

Mahanty, Sango and Russell, Diane 2002, High Stakes: Lessons from stakeholder groups in the biodiversity conservation network, Society & Natural Resources, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 179-188, doi: 10.1080/089419202753403346.

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Title High Stakes: Lessons from stakeholder groups in the biodiversity conservation network
Author(s) Mahanty, Sango
Russell, Diane
Journal name Society & Natural Resources
Volume number 15
Issue number 2
Start page 179
End page 188
Publisher Taylor & Francis Inc.
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA
Publication date 2002-02
ISSN 0894-1920
1521-0723
Keyword(s) Biodiversity
Institution
Participation
Stakeholder
Summary Research in common property, participatory resource management, and community development points to the central importance of organizational arrangements in conservation and development interventions. The dilemma facing contemporary conservation practitioners is how best to assist and facilitate such arrangements in support of participatory resource management and sustainable livelihoods, given the range of organizations, societal processes, and structures in which interventions might engage. This article presents some key findings from a study of stakeholder groups at 4 project sites, with information from a further 16 sites, in the Biodiversity Conservation Network: (1) Longstanding organizations had an established community niche, but could become bogged down in bureaucratic procedures; (2) poor communication between organizations was common and could undermine resource management; and (3) charismatic individuals and local elite interests could dominate groups, diminishing their representativeness. Based on these findings, the article argues that conservation professionals need to build their capacity as facilitators and negotiators, paying greater attention to how stakeholder groups form and function, their links to wider arenas, and the aims and positions of groups and individuals.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/089419202753403346
Field of Research 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001585

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Ecology and Environment
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