11: How We Could Foster Locally Responsive and Collaborative Natural Resources Governance?

In the extensive literature, scholars have demonstrated that in multi-actor governance, collaborative natural resources governance expands the public domain between local communities and various power holders. Given this, the challenge for collaborative natural resources governance is the complex social-ecological systems of local residents, civil society, companies, administrative bodies and foreign-funded interventions prone to generate conflict among actors. Responsive decision-making that promotes collaboration between local people and other actors, however, can support conflict mitigation. Scholars and practitioners increasingly debate inclusion of a broader range of knowledge in natural resource management, and particularly the inclusion of indigenous knowledge. They also caution on the application of western-based knowledge management models in a developing world context. In this panel we would like to generate meaningful discussion on the forms and practices of collaboration that are produced when external actors and local residents/communities collaborate.  The panel will explore the following key questions: What are socially (locally) acceptable rights and responsibilities in collaborative decision-making? Do these rights and responsibilities generate the need for collaborative practices of conflict resolution? What type of collaborative conflict resolution methods could be developed as part of collaborative natural resources governance? The panel would like to invite research papers and practice-oriented experience that explore collaborative governance and conflict resolution in development contexts. Abstracts (max. 300 words) should be emailed to the coordinator.

Panel chairs

Tuyeni Heita Mwampamba, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Edda Tandi Lwoga, College of Business Education in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Panel coordinator

Antti Erkkilä, University of Eastern Finland, antti.erkkila@uef.fi