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Community-Based Collaboration

Bridging Socio-Ecological Research and Practice

E. Franklin Dukes, Karen E. Firehock, Juliana E. Birkhoff

Publication Year: 2011

The debate over the value of community-based environmental collaboration is one that dominates current discussions of the management of public lands and other resources. In Community-Based Collaboration: Bridging Socio-Ecological Research and Practice, the volume’s contributors offer an in-depth interdisciplinary exploration of what attracts people to this collaborative mode. The authors address the new institutional roles adopted by community-based collaborators and their interaction with existing governance institutions in order to achieve more holistic solutions to complex environmental challenges.

Published by: University of Virginia Press

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pp. i-iv


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pp. vii-xii

What is community-based collaboration, and why do so many people care about its impact on environmental issues? Is community-based collaboration transforming how people relate to the land and to each other? Do place-based collaborative efforts to integrate environmental enhancement and economic resilience promote social equity, broaden participation, and...

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1 The Community-Based Collaborative Movement in the United States

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pp. 1-18

This chapter provides a brief description of the community-based collaborative (CBC) movement in the United States. It addresses what collaboration is, what CBCs are, why CBCs emerged in the United States, how they both solve and engender conflict, what CBCs contribute, how outcomes are measured, and what CBCs mean for environmental governance. This...

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2 Integrating and Applying Knowledge from Community-Based Collaboratives Implications for Natural Resource Management

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pp. 19-44

This chapter discusses how community-based collaboratives (CBCs) integrate local, indigenous, and science-based approaches to gathering and using knowledge. This synthesis is exemplified by three case studies from marine and terrestrial systems in Africa and North America. The case studies underscore that collaborative approaches are more than a community...

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3 How CBCs Learn Ecological Monitoring and Adaptive Management

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pp. 45-80

The previous chapter described how local knowledge and scientific research could play powerful roles in developing and maintaining effective community- based collaboratives (CBCs). CBCs use local knowledge to form project goals, ask meaningful questions, gather and interpret information about the surrounding ecosystem, and learn whether their management actions...

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4 Effective Collaboration Overcoming External Obstacles

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pp. 81-110

Community-based collaboratives (CBCs) have been lauded for their ability to bring together diverse, often conflicting interests to address intractable environmental and resource management problems collectively. At the same time, CBCs are criticized for spending years in discussion and negotiation without being able to demonstrate significant improvements in...

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5 Collaborative Governance Integrating Institutions, Communities, and People

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pp. 111-145

The cases introduced in previous chapters suggest the important role communities play in place-based collaborations concerned with natural resource management and environmental policy issues. From the Coos Watershed Association (highlighted in chapter 3) to the Malpai Borderlands Group in Arizona and New Mexico (featured in chapter 2) to the Elizabeth...

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6 Building a Theory of Collaboration

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pp. 146-188

This chapter develops a simple theoretical framework to synthesize many of the recurring themes of the preceding four chapters. The purpose of the framework is to help structure our knowledge about community-based collaboratives (CBCs) and to help explain why, in study after study, scholars find that certain factors play critical roles in shaping CBC outcomes. Coming...

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7 The Promise of Community-Based Collaboration Agenda for an Authentic Future

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pp. 189-216

This book marks a critical reflection point in a journey that began more than a decade ago with the questions posed by the Tucson gathering described in the preface: Is community-based collaboration transforming how people relate to the land and to each other? Do place-based collaborative efforts to integrate environmental resilience and economic gain promote social...


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pp. 217-222


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pp. 223-228

E-ISBN-13: 9780813931593
E-ISBN-10: 0813931592
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813931531
Print-ISBN-10: 0813931533

Page Count: 248
Illustrations: 4 tables
Publication Year: 2011