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Social learning in collaborative watershed planning: the importance of process control and efficacy

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Collaborative environmental management with stakeholder engagement is increasingly employed around the world. A key component of collaboration is social learning; through deliberation, stakeholders with different perspectives and information can learn from each other and develop a shared vision and plan for moving forward. This study compares social learning in collaborative watershed partnerships across two states within federal systems: Ohio (USA) and Niedersachsen (Germany). Analysis indicates that, although processes in both contexts generated social learning, Ohio partnerships exhibited significantly higher levels. A key difference linked to these results is the higher levels of local process control and individual efficacy in Ohio.
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Keywords: EU Water Framework Directive; comparative case study; social learning; stakeholders

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: The Ohio State University, School of Environment and Natural Resources, 210 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Rd, Columbus, 43210, USA

Publication date: October 3, 2014

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