Strengthening governance across scales in aquatic agricultural systems

Ratner, Blake D., Barman, Benoy, Cohen, Philippa, Kosal, Mam, Nagoli, Joseph, and Allison, Edward H. (2012) Strengthening governance across scales in aquatic agricultural systems. Working Paper. WorldFish Center, Penang, Malaysia.

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Abstract

Aquatic agricultural systems in developing countries face increasing competition from multiple stakeholders operating from local to national and regional scales over rights to access and use natural resources—land, water, wetlands, and fisheries—essential to rural livelihoods. A key implication is the need to strengthen governance to enable equitable decision-making amidst such competition, building capacities for resilience and transformations that reduce poverty. This paper provides a simple framework to analyze the governance context for aquatic agricultural system development focused on three dimensions: stakeholder representation, distribution of power, and mechanisms of accountability. Case studies from Cambodia, Bangladesh, Malawi/Mozambique, and Solomon Islands illustrate the application of these concepts to fisheries and aquaculture livelihoods in the broader context of intersectoral and cross-scale governance interactions.

Item ID: 28957
Item Type: Report (Working Paper)
Keywords: environmental governance; social-ecological resilience; wetlands; coastal zone management; stakeholder representation; civil society; accountability
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Publication no. AAS-2012-10.

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Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2013 06:15
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160507 Environment Policy @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods @ 40%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960702 Consumption Patterns, Population Issues and the Environment @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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