Participatory management is a system in which employees of a business organization take an active role in the decision-making process as it relates to the way the business operates. There are various approaches to the level of participatory management a business may engage in.
The need for new approaches to natural resource management arises from the relatively new, problematic demands posed by the concept of sustainable development.
This chapter examines these changes through the outcomes of two major United Nations conferences. The importance of information, integration and participation are noted. Next an outline is provided of the way in which science has changed to involve people more closely in research and development.
Particular attention is paid to the challenges being posed for science as it seeks to more explicitly deal with the human dimension of natural resource management. The potential for adaptive management as an approach to more closely link research with management and policy is discussed.
Finally this chapter outlines some key social and institutional barriers to achieving this potential. Everything has been said about development, but almost everything remains to be said and therefore to be explored or rediscovered, because incontestably, almost everything remains to be done.
While conventional approaches to agriculture have in the past tended to employ narrow economic or productivity criteria to measure their success, today the questions have been broadened to simultaneously evaluate the health of relevant systems in terms of ecology, ethics and equity Dahlberg p.
These major changes in the way the issues of economic growth, human development and environmental protection are approached can be highlighted through the outcomes of two major United Nations conferences.
The Conference on the Human Environment, held in Stockholm inprovided for the first major discussion of environmental issues at the international level. The subsequent increase in public awareness and understanding of the fragility of the environment was one of the most successful outcomes from Stockholm.
However, while it succeeded in placing environmental concerns on the international political agenda, the environment still remained a marginal issue.
In particular, little was done to give practical effect to the integration of environment and development in economic policy and decision making, and the health of the planet continued to deteriorate at an unprecedented rate Wynberg p.
In response the World Commission on Environment and Development was established during the s by the United Nations to examine strategies and means by which the world community could deal more effectively with environmental concerns.
This must be acknowledged as expressing an ideal. For instance, there is no general agreement on what constitutes the needs of the present, let alone those of the future. But among its successes must be counted the recognition of the mutual dependencies between North and South, as well as the clear acknowledgement that the causes of environmental decay are more significant than the effects Wynberg p.
New pathways were opened for public participation in intergovernmental communications, allowing for increased communication and co-operation between governmental and non-governmental organisations.
Linking information, integration and participation As the Report of the Secretary-General highlights, a comparison of the action plans produced by the Stockholm and Rio conferences illustrates a major shift in our understanding of, and approach to, the problems of long-term human development.
Agenda 21, the action plan that emerged from the UNCED process, represents a statement of willingness to strive for a form of development that recognises the linkages between economic growth, social equity and protection of the environment. This agenda clearly identifies information, integration, and participation as key building blocks to help countries achieve development that recognises these interacting factors.
It emphasises that in sustainable development everyone is a user and provider of information. It stresses the need to change from old sector-centred ways of doing business to new approaches that involve cross-sectoral co-ordination and the integration of environmental concerns into all development processes.
Furthermore, Agenda 21 emphasises that broad public participation in decision making is a fundamental prerequisite for achieving sustainable development. As these multiple dimensions of development have been taken into account by governments, agencies and other organisations, so we see a different language emerging in development papers and reports.
These definitions are significant in that they show how -- in theory at least -- there was a significant move by the mids to promoting a more embracing development paradigm that placed people at the centre and sought to ensure the sustainability of development actions.
This Act emerged out of a major review of existing environmental legislation, and consequently replaced over 50 statutes with a single piece of legislation.
As defined in the RMA, sustainable management "means managing the use, developmentand protection of natural and physical resources in a way, or at a rate, which enables people and communities to provide for their social, economic, and cultural well-being and for their health and safety while -- a Sustaining the potential of natural and physical resources excluding minerals to meet the reasonably foreseeable needs of future generations; and b Safeguarding the life-supporting capacity of air, water, soil, and ecosystems; and c Avoiding, remedying, or mitigating any adverse effects of activities on the environment.
This integrated and people-centred approach to sustainable development can also be seen in the Environment Strategy. This Ministry for the Environment publication provides a coherent framework for setting priorities and developing environmental policy. Similarly within science, the Minister of Science, Research and Technology recently released the document, Blueprint for Change, which sets out how the Government intends to channel its research resources to facilitate the development of a knowledge society, characterised by knowledge-led innovation.
Changing models of involving people in research and development As Ison p. This view is consistent with the contextual nature of learning: In turn, as more people learn of successes from a particular way of doing things -- and share this experience -- so the wider social system itself learns.
Such systems of enquiry varied from components of the farm system to the farm system itself. Together these different dimensions are illustrated in Figure 2.massive are specialists in mass participation delivering innovation, event management and strategic support to charities, brands and event organisers.
i PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT IN SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES A Research Paper by Clairvair O. Squires October ===== The author is a member of staff of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
“One hundred years ago, there was no such thing as a “product manager” or a discipline of “product management.” In The Art of Community, Jono Bacon takes the best and boldest step toward showing the emergence of another new discipline in business: community management.
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Active Participation. These strategies support active student participation in math lessons and allow teachers to assess the developing proficiency levels of all students in the class by walking around to monitor student responses.