Learning in environmental governance: opportunities for translating theory to practice

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Learning in environmental governance: opportunities for translating theory to practice. / Gerlak, Andrea K.; Heikkila, Tanya; Newig, Jens.

in: Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, Jahrgang 22, Nr. 5, 02.09.2020, S. 653-666.

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title = "Learning in environmental governance: opportunities for translating theory to practice",
abstract = "Environmental governance is characterized by complex dynamic issues where new knowledge is constantly emerging that can shape how we understand the system and what kinds of policies and strategies are most effective. As a result, targeted mechanisms to acquire, translate, and disseminate knowledge into new policies are critical for adaptive environmental governance. The scholarship on learning in environmental governance has exploded in the past two decades leading to new empirical and theoretical insights. However, lacking from this literature is an examination of how these insights can inform practice. Here we explore evidence from the scholarship studying learning in environmental governance that can inform practitioners who engage in and manage environmental planning and decision-making processes. Three key factors are drawn from the scholarship that may foster learning: face-to-face dialog that is open and ongoing; cross-scale linkages; and investments in institutional rules, norms, and shared strategies for intentional learning. We translate these findings into strategies for environmental governance practitioners and explore how to mitigate some of the factors that constrain learning across many governance contexts.",
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