Intersectorality in the governance of inland fisheries

Song, Andrew M., Bower, Shannon D., Onyango, Paul, Cooke, Steven J., Akintola, Shehu L., Baer, Jan, Gurung, Tek B., Hettiarachchi, Missaka, Islam, Mohammed Mahmudul, Mhlanga, Wilson, Nunan, Fiona, Salmi, Pekka, Singh, Vipul, Tezzo, Xavier, Funge-Smith, Simon J., Nayak, Prateep K., and Chuenpagdee, Ratana (2018) Intersectorality in the governance of inland fisheries. Ecology and Society, 23 (2). 17.

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Abstract

One of the defining characteristics of inland fisheries is that they are closely impacted by other essential human activities that rely on the same fresh or brackish water ecosystems, such as hydroelectricity generation and irrigated agriculture. Starting with the premise that an understanding of fisheries' interactions with these external sectors is in itself critical for achieving sustainability of the fisheries, this paper explores the topic of intersectoral governance and outlines an approach to analyzing the intricate and often challenging sector relationships. By drawing on examples of inland fisheries from around the world, the paper proposes four broad discursive mechanisms that can structure the study of the intersectoral dynamics, i.e., system characterization, valuation, power relations, and vertical policy interaction. A synthesis model then demonstrates their interwoven nature, revealing the way each mechanism influences one another as together they shape overall outcomes. It is apparent that analyses often need to be combined to advance more rigorous (and transdisciplinary) science and also inform appropriate courses for the governance of inland fisheries. Given the typically marginal position of fisheries in inland water-use discussions, we call for a more systematic understanding of intersectoral interactions to enhance the sector's resilience within the wider society and subsequently contribute to integrated governance of waterbodies.

Item ID: 54379
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1708-3087
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Funders: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Projects and Grants: SSHRC Too Big To Ignore (TBTI) project 895-2011-1011
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2018 23:53
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 70%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160599 Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960706 Rural Water Policy @ 40%
83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830201 Fisheries Recreational @ 30%
83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830299 Fisheries- Wild Caught not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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