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Interactive Coastal Governance

Researcher:  Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee

An ‘interactive coastal governance’ is an interdisciplinary research programme that focuses on enhancing the understanding of connectivity and interactions among coastal areas’ natural, economic, social and governance systems. It involves an exploration of ways in which coastal actors, both private and public, participate in addressing coastal concerns through problem-solving and opportunity creation. It requires actors to work collaboratively in the design and implementation of governing institutions with the capacity to cope with diversity, complexity, dynamism, vulnerability and various scales of resource systems and activities in coastal areas. Importantly, interactive governance is an enabling framework designed to facilitate interactions and learning among actors.

The interactive governance model has four main components (Figure 1). At its core are the four interconnected natural, economic, social and governance ‘systems-to-be governed.’ These systems are described by key ‘attributes’, i.e., ecosystem value, resource sustainability, community resilience and governing quality, respectively, and are influenced by external ‘factors.’ The model is rest upon three ‘foundations,’ i.e., images, visions and principles.

The research project involves a development and testing of interactive governance models for coastal Newfoundland. The project contributes to the research and activities conducted by the global fisheries governance network, FishGovNet (www.fishgovnet.org).

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