|Title||Local sustainability initiatives in English National Parks: what role for adaptive governance?|
|Authors||Clark, J.R.A. and Clarke, R.|
Adaptive governance has assumed growing importance in natural resource management literatures, emphasising learning and adaptation among actors at different political administrative levels and geographic scales as a precondition for the emergence of sustainable development. Here we assess this claim by examining five case studies of ‘good practice’ in sustainability, drawn from a national survey conducted in English National Parks. Specifically, we evaluate whether (1) adaptive governance characteristics are present in these ‘good practice’ initiatives, and (2) what governance role, if any, National Park Authorities have played in mediating individual and collective activities and behaviours within these projects at different levels and scales. We conclude with a critical assessment of the capacity of the adaptive governance approach to furnish new understandings of sustainable development initiatives in English NPs.
|Journal||Land Use Policy: the international journal covering all aspects of land use|
|Journal citation||28 (1), pp. 314-324|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2010.06.012|