Environmental governance and the role of stakeholders in policy making

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Applied Geography Specialty Group, Development Geographies Specialty Group
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Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (MDT)
Room: 8224, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Swetha Peteru
Chairs: Swetha Peteru


This session explores how various stakeholder groups are included or considered in development and environment-related decision making processes. Evidence from different parts of the world and at varying scales will be presented.

The papers include: 1) a case study on land governance through the examination of interactions between the indigenous people - Adivasis - with the tribal resettlement bureau in Kerala, India (Pampackal), 2) an analysis on how decision-making agencies enforce, promote, and utilize citizen engagement in Minnesota (Nguyen), 3) a case study from Ghana analyzing various stakeholder perspectives on the most effective strategies for developing and implementing environmental policies for gold mining, 4) an assessment of whether geography has had sufficient involvement with policy and decision making through the work of Geocenter - USAID (McCusker), and 5) an analysis of using and implementing a participatory tool to assess progress towards jurisdictional sustainability which includes stakeholders (Peteru).


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Amrutha Jose Pampackal*, Cornell University, Quasi-Bureaucracy’s Role in Land Governance: The case of Tribal Resettlement and Development Mission of Kerala, India 20 1:10 PM
Presenter Sun Nguyen*, Michigan Technological University, Citizen Engagement in Minnesota Environmental Decision Making 20 1:30 PM
Presenter Francis Xavier Dery Tuokuu*, Antioch University New England, Linking stakeholder perspectives for environmental policy development and implementation in Ghana’s gold mining sector: Insights from a Q-methodology study 20 1:50 PM
Presenter Brent McCusker*, West Virginia University, Using geographic analysis to inform better international development policy making and decision making: Examples from USAID. 20 2:10 PM
Presenter 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), Towards jurisdictional sustainability: Using a Participatory Tool to Assess Progress 20 2:30 PM

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