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Sustainability 2018, 10(3), 679; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10030679

Collaboration, Adaptation, and Scaling: Perspectives on Environmental Governance for Sustainability

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School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
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Environmental Studies Program, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755, USA
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Received: 23 February 2018 / Revised: 25 February 2018 / Accepted: 25 February 2018 / Published: 2 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Governance for Sustainability)
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Abstract

In preview of the special issue on “Environmental Governance for Sustainability”, this manuscript examines three key themes on governance and sustainability. Governance for sustainability, by its nature, requires long-enduring institutional arrangements. Given the complex adaptive systems in which governance decision-making takes place, we explore three key characteristics of successful, long-term governance. The first of these is working across scale. This includes nested institutions as well as communication and coordination both horizontally and vertically between diverse governance groups. Second, we highlight the importance of collaboration. Building on the previous point, we draw on literature from collaborative governance and co-management to emphasize how collaboration can help to build more enduring governance structures. Third, we examine the importance of adaptation and evolution in the resolution of collective action dilemmas in complex systems filled with nonlinearities, unclear causal chains, and environments in which we have less than a full understanding of the ramifications of governance actions. View Full-Text
Keywords: governance; collaboration; adaptation; scaling; evolution governance; collaboration; adaptation; scaling; evolution
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Schoon, M.; Cox, M.E. Collaboration, Adaptation, and Scaling: Perspectives on Environmental Governance for Sustainability. Sustainability 2018, 10, 679.

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