Managing Lagoon Resources in Ghana
Stakeholder Participation, Conflicts and Institutional Dynamics
Participation of stakeholders at the local level (local participation) is evolving worldwide as a mechanism to address complex environmental problems such as lagoon resource management.
This book examines how local authorities and civil society have responded to lagoon resource policy implementation challenges by introducing participation and empowerment as a tool to solve the problem.
The book further examines how lack of participation of relevant stakeholders in policy formulation on the 'commons'undermines the policy implementation phase.
In theory, participation holds promise to address conflict, however in practice, a number of factors that feed into conflict sometimes characterize the process of participation in many local communities.
It is a potential contradiction that although stakeholders' involvement in decision-making is proposed as an approach to manage conflict, in practice the process usually reveals tensions inherent in the collision of diverse interests among stakeholders.
These tensions could emanate from historical antecedents, ineffective information flow in the community, and low-levels of communication.
FREDERICK ATO ARMAH is a lecturer at the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana.
His research interests are Participatory Resources Management, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, and Socio-Ecological Systems.
He has published extensively in many academic and scholarly international journals.