The Case for Grassroots Collaboration: Social Capital and Ecosystem Restoration at the Local Level

The Case for Grassroots Collaboration: Social Capital and Ecosystem Restoration at the Local Level

by John Charles Morris, William Allen Gibson, William Marshall Leavitt, Shana Campbell Jones
     
 

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This book addresses the activities of three grassroots environmental collaborations in the Chesapeake Bay region. Citizen-based collaboration can be effective in ecosystem restoration when applied at the proper scale with appropriate levels of social capital and skilled conveners with well-defined goals.See more details below

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This book addresses the activities of three grassroots environmental collaborations in the Chesapeake Bay region. Citizen-based collaboration can be effective in ecosystem restoration when applied at the proper scale with appropriate levels of social capital and skilled conveners with well-defined goals.

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CHOICE
The idea of participatory democracy and citizen involvement in agency decision making is not new. This is especially true for works on participatory decision making in environmental policy and watershed management. Unfortunately, what sounds like a great idea on the surface rarely works in practice as competing interests often get in the way of compromise and collaboration. This is where The Case for Grassroots Collaboration can prove to be a useful addition to the literature. The authors provide three case studies of situations where the approach did work—the Elizabeth River watershed, the Lynnhaven River watershed, and the Nansemond River watershed. . . .The authors synthesize the factors that led to success in these cases in order to provide a template for future use. This is what is necessary if citizens and policy makers are to bridge the gap between a promising theory and a generally elusive practice and make more widespread use of grassroots participation. For this reason, the work is recommended. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduate collections and above.
Gerald Andrews Emison
This is a richly detailed and carefully supported examination of an under-explored aspect of environmental protection, the role of grassroots organizations. The work is particularly valuable for the specific, well-documented characterizations of these organizations. The mix of history and interpretation, which constitute the heart of the book, is especially noteworthy. This mix provides the necessary scholarly framework within which the reader can place the concrete details that draw the reader into the content deeply. The Case for Grassroots Collaboration has the potential to add to the field's knowledge of an important yet emerging topic.
Madeleine W. McNamara
This work offers a fresh perspective on collaboration by focusing on citizen-based efforts to resolve complex problems. An in-depth examination of three grassroots environmental organizations reveals the power in voluntary collaboration as a catalyst for action.
Christine Reed
The Case for Grassroots Collaboration brings together the most current research on environmental collaboration, with a special focus on the potential of local, place-based initiatives to make a significant difference in ecological restoration efforts, such as the Chesapeake Bay. The book’s major theme, “restoring water quality one watershed at a time,” richly illustrated by three in-depth case studies, inspires hope for those discouraged by the limited success of government-led, large-scale environmental collaboration. The message, supported by evidence from these case studies, is that small successes in improving water quality support gains on a larger scale. The rich detail in the case studies, framed by current literature, is valuable to academic researchers, and accessible to citizens who are inspired by their own sense of place to make a difference.

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ISBN-13:
9780739176979
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
09/26/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
290
File size:
4 MB

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