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The challenges and implications of collaborative management on a river basin scale


  • Richard Margerum
  • Debra Whitall


Collaboration has rapidly become the dominant paradigm in natural resource management, but there are many dilemmas about how it is applied effectively. In southwest Oregon, agencies, watershed councils and other stakeholders are developing a river basin approach to assess ecological health and set priorities for restoration. An analysis of this process reveals considerable progress in this innovative effort and it reveals several implications for collaboration at a regional scale, including: tensions between technical complexity and open participation, difficulties with information exchange for joint management, the relationships between technical issues and policy issues, the role of regional policy in supporting collaborative efforts, and the importance of institutional arrangements.

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  • Richard Margerum & Debra Whitall, 2004. "The challenges and implications of collaborative management on a river basin scale," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(3), pages 409-429.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:47:y:2004:i:3:p:409-429
    DOI: 10.1080/0964056042000216537

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