Schwindenhammer, Désirée, Francis, Julius, Gudka, Michel, Kegler, Hauke, Muhando, Christopher, Reuter, Hauke ORCID:, George, Rushingisha, Wambiji, Nina and Schlüter, Achim ORCID: (2022) Paradox incentive structures and rules governing sharing of coastal and marine data in Kenya and Tanzania: Lessons for the Western Indian Ocean. WIO Journal of Marine Science (1). pp. 33-46.

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Comprehensive and timely data-sharing is essential for effective ocean governance. This institutional analysis investigates pervasive data-sharing barriers in Kenya and Tanzania, using a collective action perspective. Existing data-sharing rules and regulations are examined in respect to boundaries, contextuality and incentive structures, compliance and settlement mechanisms, and integration across scales. Findings show that current institutional configurations create insufficient or incoherent incentives, simultaneously reducing and reproducing sharing barriers.
Regional harmonisation efforts and strategically aligned data-sharing institutions are still underdeveloped. This article discusses proposals to increase capacities and incentives for data-sharing, as well as the limitations of the chosen analytical framework. The debate is extended to aspects beyond institutional issues, i.e., structural data-sharing bar-
riers or ethical concerns. Key recommendations include the establishment of more compelling incentives structures for data-sharing, increased funding of capacity-building and sharing infrastructure, and further awareness creation on the importance of data-sharing.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: PA4
Research affiliation: Social Sciences > Institutional and Behavioural Economics
Integrated Modelling > Spatial Ecology and Interactions
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: Yes
ISSN: 2683-6416
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2022 14:46
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2024 13:31

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