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dc.contributor.authorPerkins, Patricia E. (Ellie)
dc.identifier.citation“Public Participation in Watershed Management: International Practices for Inclusiveness.” Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 36.5-6 (2011): 204–212.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper outlines a number of examples from around the world of participatory processes for watershed decision-making, and discusses how they work, why they are important, their social and ecological potential, and the practical details of how to start, expand and develop them. Because of longstanding power differentials in all societies along gender, class and ethnic lines, equitable public participation requires the recognition that different members of society have different kinds of relationships with the environment in general, and with water in particular. From a range of political perspectives, inclusive participatory governance processes have many benefits. The author has recently completed a 5 year project linking universities and NGOs in Brazil and Canada to develop methods of broadening public engagement in local watershed management committees, with a special focus on gender and marginalized communities. The innovative environmental education and multi-lingual international public engagement practices of the Centre for Socio-Environmental Knowledge and Care of the La Plata Basin (which spans Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia) are also discussed in this paper.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was supported by the International Development Research Centreen_US
dc.rightsAuthor can archive pre-print and post-print but cannot archive publisher's version/PDFen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canadaen_US
dc.subjectWater managementen_US
dc.subjectPublic Participationen_US
dc.subjectParticipatory governanceen_US
dc.subjectGender and environmental managementen_US
dc.subjectWater and social equityen_US
dc.subjectDemocratic participationen_US
dc.subjectWatershed management communityen_US
dc.subjectSocio-Environmental Knowledgeen_US
dc.subjectEquitable public participationen_US
dc.titlePublic participation in watershed management:international practices for inclusivenessen_US

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