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Intergenerational Dialogue, Collaboration, Learning, and Decision-Making in Global Environmental Governance: The Case of the IUCN Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability

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International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability (IPS), 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
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International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Commission for Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP), 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
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School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University, P.O. BOX 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2, Canada
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College of Sustainability, Dalhousie University, 1459 LeMarchant St., Suite 1401, PO BOX 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2, Canada
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International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Commission on Education and Communication (CEC), 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
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Collective Leadership Institute, gGmbH, 14467 Potsdam, Germany
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African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Nairobi P.O Box 45917-00100, Kenya
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International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
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Etifor, Spinoff Università di Padova, Via Testi 4, 35125 Padova, Italy
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International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
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Independent Evaluation Unit, Green Climate Fund, Songdo-dong 406-081, Korea
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CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nehru Marg, Nagpur PIN-440020, Maharashtra, India
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Sustainability 2020, 12(2), 498; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12020498
Received: 8 November 2019 / Revised: 3 January 2020 / Accepted: 4 January 2020 / Published: 8 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Global Environmental Policy and Governance in Sustainability)
This article provides evidence and a rationale based on adaptive governance studies for why creating meaningful youth engagement should be understood in terms of intergenerational dialogue, collaboration, learning, and substantive decision-making in global environmental governance. We have centered our discussion on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as the largest global conservation organization. Through an organizational ethnography approach, we have demonstrated how generational concerns within the IUCN have been framed in terms of participation, and then present the IUCN Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability (IPS) as a case study of a grassroots movement that is focused on transforming the IUCN towards being a fully intergenerational global governance system for nature conservation. We have described the development of intergenerational thinking and action within the IUCN, and discussed intergenerational governance as being essential for addressing nature conservation challenges faced by local communities in times of increasing global uncertainty. We conclude by providing recommendations for enhancing intergenerational dialogue and building intergenerational governance structures within global conservation organizations. View Full-Text
Keywords: global environmental governance; intergenerational collaboration; intergenerational decision-making; intergenerational dialogue; intergenerational learning; international; IUCN; biodiversity conservation; nature conservation global environmental governance; intergenerational collaboration; intergenerational decision-making; intergenerational dialogue; intergenerational learning; international; IUCN; biodiversity conservation; nature conservation
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Zurba, M.; Stucker, D.; Mwaura, G.; Burlando, C.; Rastogi, A.; Dhyani, S.; Koss, R. Intergenerational Dialogue, Collaboration, Learning, and Decision-Making in Global Environmental Governance: The Case of the IUCN Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability. Sustainability 2020, 12, 498. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12020498

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Zurba M, Stucker D, Mwaura G, Burlando C, Rastogi A, Dhyani S, Koss R. Intergenerational Dialogue, Collaboration, Learning, and Decision-Making in Global Environmental Governance: The Case of the IUCN Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability. Sustainability. 2020; 12(2):498. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12020498

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Zurba, Melanie; Stucker, Dominic; Mwaura, Grace; Burlando, Catie; Rastogi, Archi; Dhyani, Shalini; Koss, Rebecca. 2020. "Intergenerational Dialogue, Collaboration, Learning, and Decision-Making in Global Environmental Governance: The Case of the IUCN Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability" Sustainability 12, no. 2: 498. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12020498

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