Stakeholder Participation in Marine Spatial Planning: Lessons from the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Wesley Flannery, Micheál Ó Cinnéide

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    Stakeholder participation is advanced as a key element of marine spatial planning (MSP) by the U.S. Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force. It provides little guidance, however, regarding stakeholder participation. We argue that much can be learned from existing ecosystem-based marine management initiatives. The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, which utilizes an advisory council to facilitate stakeholder participation, is evaluated in this article with a view to identifying key lessons for new MSP initiatives. A set of criteria, derived from collaborative planning theory, is employed to evaluate the effectiveness of this approach. The advisory council meets some criteria for effective stakeholder participation but is found to be lacking in key elements, including shared purpose and interdependency. Benefits associated with stakeholder participation are constrained accordingly. Deficiencies in the design of the council and its decision-making procedures, requiring attention in order to facilitate more effective stakeholder participation in new MSP initiatives, are highlighted.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)727-742
    Number of pages16
    JournalSociety and Natural Resources
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    Copyright 2012 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
    • Development
    • Sociology and Political Science


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