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Sharing the Management of a River Corridor: A Case Study of the Comanagement Process

Plummer, Ryan



Society and Natural Resources



River corridors are of immense importance and increasingly coming under pressure for both in-stream and withdrawal uses. The dynamic character of these resources and the complex property regimes in which they are held present considerable challenges to resource managers. Co-management is a novel approach for manaing river resources, consistent with the movement toward decentralized planning and a particular variant of collaboration. A case study of developing co-management in a Canadian river corridor is presented. Inductive analysis from the case study illuminates processes embedded within the phenomena and leads to the construction of a synthetic model of the comanagement process. Undercurrents emerging throughout the analysis (communicative planing, social learning and adaptive management) and aspects requiring future research are reflected upon in the conclusion. Adapted from the source document.

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