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Title: From scorecard to social learning: a reflective coassessment approach for promoting multiagency cooperation in natural resource management
Authors: Roux, DJ
Murray, K
Nel, JL
Hill, L
Roux, H
Driver, A
Keywords: Adaptive management
Bridging agents
Cross-sector cooperation
Freshwater conservation
Integrated water resources management
Management effectiveness evaluation
Reflective coassessment
Social learning
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: CSIRO
Citation: Roux, DJ, Murray, K, Nel, JL et al. 2011. From scorecard to social learning: a reflective coassessment approach for promoting multiagency cooperation in natural resource management. Ecology and society, vol. 16(11), article 24
Series/Report no.: Workflow;6628
Abstract: The responsibility for managing and conserving freshwater ecosystems is typically shared by multiple organizations with sometimes onflicting policy mandates. However, scorecard-based approaches for measuring management effectiveness in natural resource management are usually confined to single organizations. This paper describes a social learning approach which acknowledges cooperation as an essential precondition for effective management and that encourages reflective coassessment of cooperative relationships. The approach was pilot tested with eight participating organizations in one water management area in South Africa. It specifically aimed to allow for a multiagency reflective assessment of issues determining cooperative behavior, allow context-specific adaptations, and be embedded in adaptive management. It involved development of a spreadsheet-based scorecard-type tool that can be used to facilitate a multiagency workshop. This workshop serves to bring parties face-to-face and helps them codiscover their interdependence, shortcomings, and strengths. The spreadsheet structures reflection on their respective roles and effectiveness while the reflective coassessment motivates participants to address shortcomings. Overall, insights that emerged included: cooperation should be an explicit component of each organization’s operational strategy; facilitation of appropriate cooperative behavior could be very effectively achieved by external “bridging organizations”; the reflective assessment process must be followed by purposefully adaptive interventions; the ability of the scorecard to be contextually adaptive was important; and institutional readiness requires investigation as the approach does sit somewhat uncomfortably with much current practice.
Description: Copyright: 2011 by the authors. This is the definitive version of the work.
URI: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol16/iss1/art24/main.html
ISSN: 1708-3087
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