Chuenpagdee, Ratana, de la Cruz-Modino, Raquel, Barragán-Paladines, María José, Glikman, Jenny Anne, Fraga, Julia, Jentoft, Svein and Pascual-Fernández, José J. (2020) Governing from images: Marine protected areas as case illustrations. Journal for Nature Conservation, 53 . p. 125756. DOI

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Governance starts with certain images about how the system that it aims to govern works. The extent to which stakeholders share these images determines the governability of the system. Investigating what these images are, what they constitute, and how they are expressed in governance interactions are important research questions. We approach these questions through conceptualizing images, how they influence institutional design and perceived governance outcomes, using marine protected areas (MPAs) as illustrations. This study asks how different stakeholders view MPAs and examines the similarities and differences of these images, and what principles and norms should be considered. Surveys were conducted with three stakeholder groups, i.e. small-scale fishers, tourism operators, and managers and scientists associated with MPAs in three locations, namely Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Xcalac, Yucatan, Mexico, and Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. The results from the surveys show a high level of agreement among stakeholders across sites. Taken together, all three stakeholder groups are more consistent with the images about the objectives of MPAs than about the principles and norms underlying MPA design and operation. Further, they agree that people whose livelihoods depend on protected areas should have priority access. Finally, the three stakeholder groups differ about who should participate in the decision-making processes about MPAs. Our study suggests that incorporating knowledge about images in the institutional design and the day-to-day management of MPAs can help improve their governability and the overall governance.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: PA1
Research affiliation: Affiliations > Not ZMT
Social Sciences > Development and Knowledge Sociology
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
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ISSN: 16171381
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2020 14:36
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2021 12:50

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