Adaptive or Collaborative (co)-governance

Engaging in consensus oriented decision making

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This page provides information on recent research on natural resource governance.
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Common Direction for
Water Management in New Zealand

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Collaborative Governance – Resolving the tensions between democracy and sustainability
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Collaborative Governance in Theory and Practice
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“Over the past few decades, a new form of governance has emerged to replace adversarial and managerial modes of policy making and implementation. Collaborative governance, as it has come to be known, brings public and private stakeholders together in collective forums with public agencies to engage in consensus oriented decision making.” Ansell & Gash (2008)

In this way, collaboration has been used to make progress on some of the most difficult, complex, and contentious issues. In many cases, the problems that need to be addressed involve many individuals, multiple agencies, and private interests. But, too often people and organizations do not work together. As a result, no one entity is able to address the problem successfully. Important public decisions are either not made in a timely manner or, if they are, affected parties may be dissatisfied with the content and/or the process used. Without solid support for decisions, implementation will be difficult and conflict will continue. So, it is understandable that this process is now considered frequently in response to Aotearoa’s own resource planning problems.

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Key idea: Collaborative decision-making is a powerful method of getting beyond adversarial situations to develop policy solutions and generate capacity for long term sustainability.


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