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People and the sea: building partnerships to manage European marine sites

Roberts, T.; (2009) People and the sea: building partnerships to manage European marine sites. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Partnership approaches to governance between national government agencies, local authorities, local communities and businesses have become the norm across all sectors of government, and nature conservation is no exception. As a result, the development of partnerships is becoming an increasingly common approach to managing common pool resources (CPRs). This thesis examines the state of current approaches to the governance of CPRs and in particular the impacts of the recent emergence of the partnership paradigm on CPR management. The research draws heavily on CPR theory and social capital literature to develop an understanding of the way governance structures and institutional arrangements can influence the development of partnership capacity and consequently improve the management of the protected areas. The 1994 Habitats Regulations stipulate the creation of partnerships to manage European Marine Sites (EMS), providing a useful framework within which to explore the partnership approach to nature conservation. The research has been conducted through the in-depth analysis of two case studies, The Wash and North Norfolk Coast and North East Kent. The two sites represent very different types of EMSs; this is a reflection of both the nature of the sites and the people who interact with them. Consequently the research has been able to explore a range of challenges relating to the implementation of the partnership approach as well as highlighting a number of examples of good practice. The research has demonstrated that partnerships between the state and the wider stakeholder community can be a useful tool for managing CPRs. However, for them to be successful it is essential that all parties are fully aware of their role and the scope of their influence. The research has also shown that social capital plays a vital role holding partnerships together and can be generated through a shared community interest in environmental management.

Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Title:People and the sea: building partnerships to manage European marine sites
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language:English
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Geography

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