Implementing participatory monitoring in river management: The role of stakeholders’ perspectives and incentives

Stakeholder groups surveyed (Source: Laura Verbrugge)

Highlights

  • Concerns and (dis)trust are important incentives for participating in monitoring.
  • Baseline data on public perceptions can inform participatory monitoring approaches.
  • Governmental bodies can have multiple roles, creating power imbalances.
  • Participatory monitoring benefits from involvement of individuals and organizations.

Abstract

Involving local stakeholders in monitoring has the potential to stimulate learning and improve management responses. However, there is limited understanding about factors which influence implementation and success. This paper reviews local stakeholders’ perceptions with respect to the construction of longitudinal dams in the Dutch river Waal, and explores their incentives to be involved in monitoring the effects of this intervention. Interviews with key stakeholders showed that concerns and (dis)trust are important incentives for participating in monitoring. Surveys of local residents, recreational anglers and boaters, and shipping professionals mapped their level of trust, attachment to the river landscape and evaluation of the effects of the longitudinal dams. Our case study shows that incentives for participation differ between stakeholder groups, and that research into their perceptions of the local environment can inform water managers on how to involve these groups in participatory monitoring.

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Journal publication

Verbrugge, L. N. H., Ganzevoort, W., Fliervoet, J. M., Panten, K., & van den Born, R. J. G. (2016). Implementing participatory monitoring in river management: the role of stakeholders’ perspectives and incentives. Journal of Environmental Management, 30, 1e8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.11.035

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Replication dataset

This dataset concern local stakeholders’ perceptions and their expectations with respect to the construction of longitudinal dams in the Dutch river Waal. https://dataverse.nl/dataset.xhtml?persistentId=hdl:10411/YACJ6D. Dataset has restricted access to protect the privacy of participants.

Search categories

Data-collection methods: Questionnaires/ surveys |

Management goals: Landscape quality | Stakeholder participation |

Spatial scale: Reach |

Study areas: Waal river (NL) |

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15/06/2017
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