Multi-Stakeholder Platforms for Conservation and Development in Complex Social-Ecological Systems

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Title:
Multi-Stakeholder Platforms for Conservation and Development in Complex Social-Ecological Systems
Physical Description:
1 online resource (188 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Radachowsky, Jeremy J
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
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Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ph.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Interdisciplinary Ecology
Committee Chair:
KIKER,GREGORY A
Committee Co-Chair:
MONROE,MARTHA CARRIE
Committee Members:
SOUTHWORTH,JANE
BARNES,GRENVILLE
CHILD,BRIAN ANTHONY

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
adaptive -- biosphere -- cognitive -- conceptual -- conceptualization -- concession -- conflict -- conservation -- development -- forest -- guatemala -- learning -- management -- map -- maya -- mirador -- multi-stakeholder -- multiple-use -- reserve -- stakeholder
Interdisciplinary Ecology -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Interdisciplinary Ecology thesis, Ph.D.
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theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

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Abstract:
In the past few decades, conservation and development issues have become more complex. Most large-scale natural resource problems today are characterized by fragmented stakeholders, scientific messiness, uncertainty, conflicting risks,and dynamic social, economic, knowledge, and technological systems. There is a necessity for practical methods to reconcile conflicting understandings and interests between multiple actors and multiple potential uses for natural resources, in a way that considers this social and ecological complexity. This dissertation analyzes the utility of multi-stakeholder platforms (MSPs) and cognitive mapping as methods for adaptive collaborative multiple-use management, using a complex and conflictive case from Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve (MBR). We review the literature to extract practical lessons central to the creation and maintenance of MSPs. We analyze the history of multiple-use forest management in 14 forest concessions in the MBR, concluding that multiple-use forest management can balance conservation and development goals, under conditions of proper devolution of authority and local rights, technical and institutional capacity,economic viability, reconciliation between local and global interests,resilience of ecological processes and social institutions, and long-term commitment from external actors. The Mirador-Rio Azul Roundtable, a multi-stakeholder adaptive co-management structure developed to reconcile land and resource use conflicts in the MBR, fulfilled all of the defining characteristics of adaptive co-management and produced substantial tangible and intangible results during its six years of existence, confirming that MSPs can serve as important structures for adaptive co-management. Cognitive mapping was used to analyze the mental constructs of 59 individuals from different sectors with regards to the conservation and development issues in the MBR. The analysis organized several hundred concepts into a palatable composite conceptual map with seven categories, ranked according to their relative importance according to participants. Important differences in cognitive map structures were found between stakeholders by sector, scale of engagement,self-reported level of influence, participation in the Roundtable, and position on development. We conclude that cognitive mapping may be a useful tool for adaptive co-management, helping position conveners, develop shared understanding, and promote social learning.
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In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
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Statement of Responsibility:
by Jeremy J Radachowsky.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2013.
Local:
Adviser: KIKER,GREGORY A.
Local:
Co-adviser: MONROE,MARTHA CARRIE.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2015-12-31

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UFRGP
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Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2013
System ID:
UFE0045298:00001