Who are the brokers of collaborative risk management in wildfire-prone landscapes?

Authors: Matthew Hamilton*, The Ohio State University, Alexandra Paige Fischer, University of Michigan, Lorien Jasny, University of Exeter
Topics: Hazards and Vulnerability, Human-Environment Geography, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters
Keywords: networks, ergm, wildfire, Oregon, brokerage, scale mismatch
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Wilson A, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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In hazard-prone landscapes characterized by a mosaic of ownerships, collaboration among organizations jointly managing the same lands can improve risk mitigation outcomes. But such joint managers do not always collaborate. In these cases, mediation by other organizations can be crucial. What types of organizations serve as mediators? We address this question using data on collaborative interactions among 86 organizations involved in wildfire risk governance in the Eastern Cascades Ecoregion, Oregon. Results of estimate exponential random graph models indicate that the organizations with neither formal capacity to influence land management decisions nor broad-scale administrate authority nevertheless play a potentially crucial role in improving wildfire risk governance outcomes by functioning as mediators in situations where collaboration is insufficient. We highlight policy implications for decision-makers in the Eastern Cascades as well as other hazard-prone landscapes.

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