Networking for the landscape: The potential of collaborative governance in addressing institutional misfit in the provision of ecosystem services

16/04/2018 13:00 to 15.30 CET

An important challenge in environmental governance is to reach so-called ‘institutional fit’. This means to ensure that the established governance structures are spatially and temporally well-aligned to the ecosystems and ecosystem services they are meant to govern. The cp³ project analysed the potential of collaborative governance approaches to mitigate institutional misfit in landscape management, an issue with growing importance in ecosystem services governance. Thereby, we define collaborative governance as partnerships between multiple actors from the public, private, and civil society sphere of society. During the webinar, successful initiatives for collaborative governance from 3 European protection areas will be introduced: 

  • the Biosphere reserve Spreewald, Germany, 
  • the Nature park Jauerling-Wachau, Austria and 
  • the Berg en Dal region as part of the National Landscape Gelderse Poort, Netherlands.

The initiatives include both formal and informal partnerships that were initiated either bottom-up or top-down with the aim to reach a better fit in landscape management. These approaches were analyzed in view of the types of involved actors, their roles, motives, influence and benefits, as well as  the way that these actors interact with each other to generate knowledge, leveraging funding, spur trust and mitigate conflicts. 

This webinar aims to provide insights regarding the specific features through which the collaborative governance approaches could successfully address and mitigate issues of institutional misfit in landscape management. Additionally it aims to introduce aspects of the importance of Science-Policy-Society interface regarding biodiversity and ecosystems services.

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