Understanding communicational behavior of rangelands’ stakeholders is fundamental for effective development of rangeland management plans. This study aimed to understand differences between stakeholders’ relations among various actors involved in rangeland management using
social network analysis (SNA). A survey was conducted on 334 stakeholders (89 extension agents, 110 researchers and 135 executive agents) in the Tehran province, Iran. Results showed that all the three groups of stakeholders are interested in making contact mainly within their own group. Furthermore,
while the executive agents have shared the strongest technical and friendship relations with the two other groups, the extension agents established the strongest administrative interactions. The researchers, however, made a poor link especially with the extension agents. The study concluded
that SNA could be an efficient tool to assess communicational behavior in rangeland management.
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sustainable rangeland management
Document Type: Research Article
Department of Entrepreneurship in Technology, Faculty of Entrepreneurship, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran
Department of Fisheries and Environmental Sciences, Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Gorgan, Iran
Department of Rural Development Management, Faculty of Agriculture, Yasouj University, Yasouj, Iran
Centre for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University, Hasselt, Belgium
Publication date: February 1, 2016
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