Stakeholder Participation in Ecosystem Service Decision-Making

Authored by: Robert Fish , Eirini Saratsi , Mark Reed , Hans Keune

Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138025080
eBook ISBN: 9781315775302
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It is very difficult to imagine the application of an ecosystem services perspective to policy and decision-making processes without recourse to the issue of stakeholder engagement and participation. The history of the concept is itself a history of stakeholder agendas being gradually negotiated and aligned with respect to a common purpose, and around which professional norms and standards – conceptual models, data infrastructures, valuation instruments and so forth – have accrued significance. Stakeholders enter the fray of this perspective in a variety of guises: as data inputs into models; as enlightened recipients of information; as well as critics and companions in its work. These roles are based on a much larger set of assumptions about why it matters to speak and engage with people.

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