Towards jurisdictional sustainability: Using a Participatory Tool to Assess Progress

Authors: Swetha Peteru*, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Amy Duchelle, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Joanna Durbin, The Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA), Claudia Stickler, Earth Innovation Institute (EII)
Topics: Applied Geography, Cultural and Political Ecology, Sustainability Science
Keywords: assessment, sustainable landscapes, participatory, stakeholders, policies
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: 8224, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Sustainable management of resources is crucial to balance the competing livelihood, economic, and environmental goals. Since, forests and other systems do not exist in isolation, it becomes crucial to use an approach where people, sectors, and land use are considered together, such as jurisdictional approach to achieving sustainability. The ability of a particular jurisdiction (e.g. provincial government) to achieve sustainable development depends on various factors such as policies, regulations, and their implementation. In this study, we apply a rating tool to assess progress towards sustainable development at the sub-national level in 19 states/provinces located in 6 different countries. This paper will discuss our methods, process, and approaches to gather information about the various policies, programs, and governance using policy analysis and interviews with different stakeholders as well as a data validation process through a workshop. We will reflect on the methods used to include stakeholders in the process. Our approach of collecting and validating data through both interviews and multi-stakeholder workshops presented some challenges and opportunities that can be used to inform future research on sustainability and land system science. Also, this method can provide governments a more comprehensive understanding of their policy environment by incorporating perspectives and experiences of different stakeholder groups (local, regional, & national governments/agencies; local communities, indigenous peoples, NGOs).

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