The Methodologies of Empowerment? A Systematic Review of the Deployment of Participation in the Coastal Zone Management Literature

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    Abstract

    Participation (e.g., stakeholder involvement) has become a central concept in the practice of environmental and coastal zone management. Research has shown that the integration of participation in coastal zone management has positive ecological and social outcomes. In the literature, however, participation is often reported in an unstructured and uncritical manner. Therefore, to find out whether and how there is a useful way to structure and characterize the way the coastal zone management literature deals with participation, we have conducted a literature review. The review was conducted and the literature structured through three central dimensions of participation, namely: power, knowledge, and (visions of) nature. The article concludes that this structured approach to participation enables us to study more systematically the role of participation and might facilitate the governance and learning processes of coastal networks.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)426-446
    JournalCoastal Management
    Volume42
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • marine protected areas
    • integrated coastal
    • wadden sea
    • resource-management
    • ocean management
    • decision-making
    • climate-change
    • governance
    • knowledge
    • policy

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