Stakeholder engagement in the governance of marine migratory species: barriers and building blocks

Miller, Rachel Lynn, Marsh, Helene, Benham, Claudia, Hamann, Mark, and UNSPECIFIED (2020) Stakeholder engagement in the governance of marine migratory species: barriers and building blocks. Endangered Species Research, 43. pp. 1-19.

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Abstract

Meaningful stakeholder engagement is important to collaborative decision-making and to effective polycentric governance, particularly when managing cross-scale environmental issues like those involving marine migratory species. In this paper, we explore the barriers to, and opportunities for, stakeholder involvement in the governance of threats to marine migratory species in eastern Australia, using semi-structured qualitative interviews and a focus group, as an example of the generic problem of managing migratory species within a large range state with multiple jurisdictions. Respondents identified several barriers to, and opportunities for, improved stakeholder involvement in the governance of marine migratory species, corresponding to 4 main themes: decision-making processes, information sharing, institutional structures, and participation processes. Respondents indicated that the governance system protecting marine turtles, dugongs, humpback whales, and non-threatened migratory shorebirds in eastern Australia would benefit from the introduction of new information pathways, reformed institutional structures (including environmental legislation), and improved participatory pathways for non-government stakeholders. Such changes could help harmonise the process of managing these species, leading to more effective conservation management throughout their range.

Item ID: 65078
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1613-4796
Keywords: stakeholder engagement, collaborative governance, marine migratory species
Copyright Information: © The authors 2020. Open Access under Creative Commons by Attribution Licence. Use, distribution and reproduction are unrestricted. Authors and original publication must be credited.
Funders: James Cook University, International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS)
Projects and Grants: Human Ethics Permit H6876
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2020 00:24
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410401 Conservation and biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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