The role of knowledge and research in facilitating social learning among stakeholders in natural resources management in the french atlantic coastal wetlands

Abstract : Environmental policy development increasingly refers to procedural approaches where local organisational structures are set up to initiate social interactions, to establish common working methods and to formulate collective agreements. In a context of complexity and uncertainty regarding environmental issues at stake, deliberations are mostly about managing interdependencies, i.e., building agreements and implementing changes so as to reconstruct the links between natural, technical and social phenomena. We see these deliberations as situations where social learning occurs; as an iterative process of knowledge co-production (i.e., of ‘knowing’) among stakeholders brought into interaction. Our research aims at better understanding these processes in the context of French Atlantic coastal wetlands where multi-stakeholder platforms for decision-making have become the dominant process for implementing natural resources management policies. Our studies focus on the challenge of managing the production and application of knowledge in social settings, in which scientists themselves come to play a role. They show how scientific knowledge can acquire heuristic value when used in the context of intervention research, as well as revealing some of the ethical dilemmas this may pose for the role of researcher
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Patrick Steyaert, Marc Barzman, Jean-Paul Billaud, Hélène Brives, Bernard Hubert, et al.. The role of knowledge and research in facilitating social learning among stakeholders in natural resources management in the french atlantic coastal wetlands. Environmental Science and Policy, Elsevier, 2007, 10 (6), pp.537-550. ⟨10.1016/j.envsci.2007.01.012⟩. ⟨hal-01197693⟩

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