publication . Article . 2015

Fit between Conservation Instruments and Local Social Systems: Cases of Co-management and Payments for Ecosystem Services

Sarkki Simo; Rantala Lauri; Karjalainen Timo P.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2015 Journal: Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems (issn: 2300-3669, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
Abstract
We draw on the concept of ‘fit’ to understand how co-management and Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) as governance instruments could better acknowledge local social complexities. Achieving ‘participatory fit’ requires well-designed and fair processes, which enhance local acceptance towards the implemented rules. Thus, such fit can contribute to establishing new institutions in conservation governance. However, previous literature on participation has had strong focus on properties of decision-making processes, which often neglects the question on how local realities effect on local people’s ability and willingness to participate in the work of governance in...
Subjects
free text keywords: Polycentric institutions, Social justice of conservation, social Fit, Participatory fit, Local Heterogeneity, co-management, Payments for Ecosystem Services, Ecology, QH540-549.5
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