Participatory Approach to Natural Resources Management

Nowadays, natural resources are seriously threatened by human activities and their abundance is decreasing rapidly. In order to guarantee the availability of natural capital for future generations, it is fundamental to recognize the importance of management. Often, production purposes lead to non-sustainable practices, causing environmental depletion. An effective natural resources governance should take into account the diverse needs of both ecosystems and society, so that people can benefit from resources consumption without runnin the risk of damaging them permanently. Within this context, a participatory approach to natural resources management is an optimal strategy, allowing the offset of contrasting objectives. StakeholdersĀ“ involvement in planning and decision-making is proved to reduce conflicts and enlarge social acceptance of the decisions. IMG_2923_bis
Recharge.green aims at providing renewable energy development solutions, that can be feasible for the pilot areas and, at the same time, socially accepted. To achieve this objective, a stakeholder analysis has been carried out in the pilot areas. Several local experts on energy and environment issues have been surveyed through questionnaires, in order to identify the most important and influent groups of stakeholders in energy planning and environmental aspects. In each pilot area, different energy production scenarios will be produced, based on natural resources conservation or energy self-sufficiency hypothesis. Once scenarios are ready, identified stakeholders will be invited to entertain a public discussion, in which they can express their preferences on the cited scenarios, so that the most effective alternative can be chosen with the highest possible consensus.

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    About Gianluca Grilli

    Gianluca Grilli has an Ms in environmental economics. He is a PhD student in environmental engineering at the University of Trento, Italy. He works as a researcher at the Institute of Renewable Energy at Eurac. His main research interests are ecosystem services evaluation and management, GIS modeling and applied econometrics.

    1 Comment

    1. Rose Mary
      June 20, 2014

      Natural Resource Management or Environmental Management is a deal between both nature and humans. Natural Resource Management issues are very serious as it is concerned with entire life cycle of living beings. Any change to this cycle may impact negatively to the whole earth. So various approaches are applied to natural resource management and it includes adaptive management, Integrated management, community based management and top down magement. As you said today natural resources are seriously threatened by humans and we have the responsibility to keep this resources for our next generation. Anyway it was a nice article.

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