Bridging managers’ place meanings and environmental governance of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Van Riper, Carena J., Sutton, Stephen, Kyle, Gerard T., Stewart, William, and Tobin, Renae C. (2016) Bridging managers’ place meanings and environmental governance of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Society and Natural Resources, 29 (11). pp. 1342-1358.

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Abstract

This article bridges managers’ place meanings and environmental governance to provide insight on the factors that shape decisions concerning the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Marine Park. Drawing on a thematic analysis and open coding of data from 34 semistructured interviews, we investigated the perspectives of managers from three agencies charged with protecting the GBR. We observed that a plurality of place meanings converged on five themes: (i) stewardship of the environment, (ii) utilization and access to natural resources, (iii) individualized experience, (iv) intergenerational connections, and (v) spirituality in place. Results revealed that these themes were complemented by formal and informal policy instruments that comprised our governance framework. Informal policy instruments played a particularly important role in the co-creation of knowledge, facilitated negotiations between managers and their constituencies, and increased public involvement in decision making.

Item ID: 49143
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1521-0723
Keywords: Australia; coastal management; governance; parks and protected areas; place
Funders: Texas A&M University (TAMU), James Cook University (JCU)
Projects and Grants: TAMU Jake Hershey Endowed Fellowship in Natural Resource Conservation, JCU Centre of Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2017 04:32
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 100%
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