The Changing Roles Of Organizations In Ecosystem-Based Resource Management (presentation)

DALTON, SHAWN E.

Authors writing about ecosystem based natural resource management programs often emphasize the need for flexible adaptive organizations to work together in an open system to integrate their activities. The details of how these interactions might play out are left to the imagination of the reader. In fact, integrating activities among organizations who, at best, help one another out when they can, and, at worst, compete directly for limited resources and the power to allocate and distribute them, represents a serious challenge for theorists and practitioners alike. This work begins to examine the power dynamics of organizations in the natural resource management regime in the Gwynns Falls Watershed, and seeks to identify constraints and opportunities for integration across political, ideological, and disciplinary boundaries.