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Ecological knowledge and sustainable resource management
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Teaching and Learning in the Social Sciences (CeSam).
2014 (English)In: Resultatdialog 2014/Dialogue on Results 2014.: Report from the Swedish Research Council/Committee for Educational Sciences / [ed] Vetenskapsrådet/Swedish Research Council, Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet , 2014, 129-138 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper summarises findings from a research project funded by the Swedish Research Council entitled Ecological knowledge and sustainable resource management conducted 2008-2013. The following questions were investigated:

i) What kind of ecological knowledge is developed by professional fishers, and how? What is the outcome of co-managed fisheries and stakeholder dialogues, and, how do dialogues and participation effect outcomes? ii) How are differing views negotiated in co-management settings where different interests are represented? iii) Is shared understanding created, and if

so, how?

The findings have been presented in detail in the following papers; Garavito-Bermúdez, Lundholm and Crona (2014) (question one), Stöhr, Lundholm, Crona and Chabay (2014) (question two), and Lundholm and Stöhr (2014) (question three).

The results and foci of this project contributes in various ways to research on (ecological) knowledge, participation and natural resource management from a cognitive and educational perspective: i) it demonstrates the understanding of complex ecosystems among fishers, developed through multiple sources (previous generations, neighbours, scientific reports), and experience (learning-by-doing in the context of fisheries); ii) it supports earlier research on the importance of stakeholder dialogues between various groups to ensure a better understanding of the eco system and thus provides a stronger basis for decision-making and compliance, and, iii) it concludes on the importance of shared understanding in the context of resource management, yet acknowledges the challenges this entails.

These findings are of relevance to policy and practice of natural resource management and fisheries in particular. With regard to theoretical advances, the project’s contribution lies in the development of analytical frameworks for analysing fishers’ systemic understanding as well as analysing and comparing co-management projects. Finally, by widening the cognitive perspective in the analysis of shared understanding and acknowledging economical, emotional and social components in the learning contexts, the study contributes to recent discussions on how to research shared understanding from various theoretical perspectives (see Akkerman, 2007, p. 56).



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Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet , 2014. 129-138 p.
Keyword [en]
ecological knowledge, systemic understanding, learning, participation, stakeholder dialogues, shared understanding, decision-making, natural resource management, co-management, fishers, fisheries.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-109604ISBN: 978-91-7307-247-2.OAI: diva2:765701
Ecological knowledge and sustainable resource management/Ekologisk kunskap och hållbart resursutnyttjande. Vikten av kunskapsbildning för kapacitet att hantera samförvaltning av naturresurser
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Available from: 2014-11-24 Created: 2014-11-24 Last updated: 2015-03-24Bibliographically approved

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