Informal Participatory Platforms for Adaptive Management. Insights into Niche-finding, Collaborative Design and Outcomes from a Participatory Process in the Rhine Basin

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dc.contributor.authorMoellenkamp, Sabine
dc.contributor.authorLamers, Machiel
dc.contributor.authorHuesmann, Christian
dc.contributor.authorRotter, Sophie
dc.contributor.authorPahl-Wostl, Claudia
dc.contributor.authorSpeil, Karina
dc.contributor.authorPohl, Wiebke
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-23T16:13:06Z-
dc.date.available2021-12-23T16:13:06Z-
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.issn17083087
dc.identifier.urihttps://osnascholar.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/unios/10405-
dc.description.abstractNew regulatory water management requirements on an international level increasingly challenge the capacity of regional water managers to adapt. Stakeholder participation can contribute to dealing with these challenges because it facilitates the incorporation of various forms of knowledge and interests into policy-making and decision-making processes. Also, by providing space for informal multi-stakeholder platforms, management experiments can be established more easily in rigid regulatory settings, allowing for social learning to take place. Stakeholder participation is currently stipulated by several legal provisions, such as the Water Framework Directive, which plays an increasingly important role in European water management. Drawing on recent experiences in a participatory process in the German Dhuenn basin, a sub-basin of the river Rhine, we explored the interplay of informal and formal settings in a participatory process. To what degree can we allow for openness and catalyze social learning in participatory processes grounded in formal management structures? To what degree can results of informal processes have an impact on practice? We analyzed three major challenges related to this interplay: (1) the niche-finding process to establish a participatory platform; (2) the co-design process by water management practitioners, researchers and consultants; and (3) the tangible outputs and learning. We found that niches for the establishment of informal participatory platforms can occur even in a rigid and strongly structured administrative environment. Further, our case study shows that collaborative process design fosters dealing with uncertainties. We conclude that in an effective participatory process, a balance should be struck between informality and formal institutional structures to catalyze experimentation and learning and to ensure that process results have an impact on management decisions.
dc.description.sponsorshipEuropean CommissionEuropean CommissionEuropean Commission Joint Research Centre [511179 (GOCE)]; Dutch BSIK-CCsP program; The authors would like to thank the Wupperverband for its cooperation, and the stakeholders interviewed for this research. The authors wish to especially acknowledge the insightful comments from Katherine Daniell and Yorck von Korff, as well the thoughtful remarks from two anonymous reviewers on earlier versions of this article. This research was kindly supported by the European Commission (project NeWater under contract no. 511179 (GOCE)) and the A7-ACER project funded under the Dutch BSIK-CCsP program.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherRESILIENCE ALLIANCE
dc.relation.ispartofECOLOGY AND SOCIETY
dc.subjectadaptive water management
dc.subjectco-design
dc.subjectEcology
dc.subjectEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology
dc.subjectEnvironmental Studies
dc.subjectGOVERNANCE
dc.subjectinformal participatory platforms
dc.subjectPUBLIC-PARTICIPATION
dc.subjectRESILIENCE
dc.subjectsocial learning
dc.subjectstakeholder participation
dc.subjectTRANSITIONS
dc.subjectWATER MANAGEMENT
dc.titleInformal Participatory Platforms for Adaptive Management. Insights into Niche-finding, Collaborative Design and Outcomes from a Participatory Process in the Rhine Basin
dc.typejournal article
dc.identifier.isiISI:000285917100042
dc.description.volume15
dc.description.issue4
dc.publisher.placeACADIA UNIV, BIOLOGY DEPT, WOLFVILLE, NS B0P 1X0, CANADA
dcterms.isPartOf.abbreviationEcol. Soc.
crisitem.author.deptInstitut für Umweltsystemforschung-
crisitem.author.deptidresearchcenter5-
crisitem.author.parentorgUniversität Osnabrück-
crisitem.author.netidPaCl441-
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